Executive changes announced for CHP, MercyWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Health Partners (CHP) and Mercy have announced major executive changes that will go into effect at the beginning of next month.
Steven L. Mickus will take over as president, health care operations and chief operating officer for CHP. He will be responsible for 31 hospitals and 14 long-term care facilities in three states.
“Steve has demonstrated outstanding strategic and tactical leadership to effectively establish and advance the mission,” CHP President and CEO Michael D. Connelly said. “Steve and his team will further work toward operational enhancements that contribute to high value and mission viability.”
As the CEO of CHP’s Northern Division, Mickus oversaw Mercy-Toledo in addition to other responsibilities. He has lived in Toledo since 1995 when he first started at Mercy and will relocate to Cincinnati for his new duties.
“For more than 16 years, I have been privileged to call Toledo home,” Mickus said. “My wife and I will miss the community but I look forward to continuing to enhance and strengthen the mission of CHP on a broader scale that ultimately will benefit patients seeking health care here in Northwest Ohio well into the future.”
Replacing Mickus in his former position as Northern Division CEO will be John Starcher. The former CHP CEO for the Eastern and Southern Divisions will be responsible for Mercy-Toledo, among other duties.
Also being promoted from the Northern Division is Samantha Platzke, who has been named CHP’s senior vice president, operations and systems effectiveness.
In the Northern Division, Platzke has been responsible for the patient flow initiative at Mercy-Toledo which aims to reduce length of stay, reduce employee overtime expenses and increase operating margin. Unlike Mickus, she will remain in Toledo.