Today, Mercy Health – Toledo is pleased to announce the leadership appointment of Jeffrey Dempsey as the president for Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. During the transition, Jeff will work with senior leadership in appointing a new leader for St. Charles.


In his new role at St. Vincent and Children’s, Jeff will lead and further develop the operations as well as engage with physicians to strengthen the continuum of care. Jeff will report to Dr. Imran Andrabi, President and CEO of Mercy Health – Toledo.


“Jeff is a tremendous and proven leader within Mercy Health and I am pleased he will now be leading St. Vincent and Children’s moving forward,” Dr. Andrabi said. “His collaborative leadership approach combined with his tenure of leadership at Mercy Health, is an asset for the organization as we look toward the future of healthcare delivery in downtown Toledo and throughout Northwest Ohio.”


Tom Arquilla has served in a dual capacity as interim president for St. Vincent and Children’s along with his role as chief strategy officer for Mercy Health – Toledo for the past 10 months while a leadership search was conducted.  


“I’d like to extend my appreciation to Tom for his commitment to Mercy Health – Toledo, for serving in dual leadership roles and working to move Vision 2020 forward with the leaders at St. Vincent,” Dr. Andrabi stated.

Jeff has been with Mercy Health – Toledo for 20 years serving in several leadership positions. As president and COO of St. Charles, he worked closely with the hospital’s senior leadership team in developing a robust strategic plan. Additionally, Jeff worked with St. Charles leaders and managers to standardized processes to enhance efficiency and quality. Recently, Jeff led the opening of the Mercy Health - Behavioral Health Institute at St. Charles as well as the Mercy Health – Oregon Medical Center, which is a critical access point for patients to seamlessly see their physician as well as obtain lab work, imaging testing or rehab services, all in one location.


Previously, Jeff served as vice president of operations for St. Charles and the regional director of strategic initiatives/business development/specialty outreach. During that time he cultivated physician relationships and worked closely with the senior leadership team in furthering Mercy Health’s presence throughout Northwest Ohio by way of introducing new services, programs and initiatives.


Jeff received his MBA from Heidelberg University in Tiffin and his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives as well as the Legatus Genesis Chapter, a national organization for Catholic business leaders. Jeff is also active in the community serving on the boards of the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio and Oregon Economic Development Foundation. He and his wife, Sheila, have two children.


“I am extremely excited and humbled to have the opportunity to lead Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and Children’s Hospital,” Jeff said. “I look forward to working with the outstanding medical staff, leadership and employees in serving the community to continue to advance the Mercy Health mission.”