Mercy Executive Staff Directory
Thomas E. Cecconi
President & Chief Executive Officer
Thomas E. Cecconi serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Medical Center. Mr. Cecconi served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Mercy Medical Center from February 2002 to April 2003. Prior to serving at Mercy, Mr. Cecconi was President & Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital of Stark County from 1991 to 2002. He is a graduate of John Carroll University and received a Masters in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace College.
A native of Canton, Mr. Cecconi started his career in healthcare administration at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1973. In 1980, he joined Hospital Management Professionals of Brentwood, TN. During that time, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Virginia Regional Medical Center in Virginia, MN; President of Paris Community Hospital in Paris, IL; President & CEO of Rutherford Hospital in Rutherfordton, NC; and as a Group Vice President for Hospital Management Professionals.
Mr. Cecconi is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and received the CEO Award of Excellence from the College of Osteopathic Healthcare Professionals in 1996. He is a member of the Stark Development Board of Directors Executive Committee, the New Health Collaborative ACO Board of Directors, and the Walsh University Board of Trustees. He is a past chairman of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees and of the Akron Regional Hospitals Association, as well as a past member of the Massillon Chamber Board of Directors. He has led annual fundraising drives for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the Stark Development Board and ArtsinStark.
David D. Cemate
Senior Vice President & COO
David Cemate has been the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Mercy Medical Center, since April 2013. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in health-care settings.
Before joining Mercy’s executive team, Cemate was Vice President of Operations for Advocate Condell Medical Center and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for St. Francis Hospital & Health Center, both located in suburban Chicago. In addition, he previously served in administrative positions at Akron General Medical Center in Akron and Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland. He began his hospital administration career with health-care organizations located in the Detroit area.
Cemate holds a Master of Health Administration Degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Eastern Michigan University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Member of the American Hospital Association. Since his arrival in Canton, Cemate has been active as a member of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinees Game-Day Roundtable Committee.
Cemate is married to Kathy, and they have three grown daughters.
Sister Carolyn Capuano, HM
Vice President of Mission and Ministry Services
Sister Carolyn Capuano is the Vice President of Mission and Ministry Services here at Mercy Medical Center. Sister Carolyn has a M.S. in Biological Sciences from Cleveland State University with a concentration in bioethics and an M.T.S. in Theology from West Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA (Boston College STM) with a concentration in spirituality.
Sister has served as director of Villa Maria Retreat Center and has also taught for many years at secondary and community college levels.
Sister Carolyn serves as a member of the Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Stark County and for St. John's Villa in Carrollton. She is also a member of the Catholic Consortium of Stark County.
David L. Gormsen, D.O., F.A.C.E.P.
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
David L. Gormsen, D.O., F.A.C.E.P., has served as Vice President & Chief Medical Officer of Mercy Medical Center since 2001. Dr. Gormsen is a graduate of Defiance College and received his medical degree from Chicago of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Gormsen has been an Emergency Medicine Physician at Mercy Medical Center since 1986. He has served as Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mercy and is Director of Mercy Statcare in North Canton. Dr. Gormsen in board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has served as Assistant Clinical Professor at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine since 1989 and is Administrative Director of the Canton Medical Education Foundation. Dr. Gormsen was President of the Mercy Medical Staff from 1999 to 2000 and President-Elect of the Medical Staff from 1997 to 1998. He is Chairman of the Mercy Utilization Review Committee and is a member of the Medical Executive Committee. He is a member of the American College of Physician Executives.
Dr. Gormsen served in the United States Navy as an U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon. He was Co-Director of the United Way of Central Stark County Fund Drive in 1998. He has participated in the Annual Medical Mission to the Dominican Republic since 1998. Dr. Gormsen serves as a Board member of The Arc (Association for Retarded Citizens) of Stark County and Families First of Stark County.
Cindy L. Hickey
Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations
Cindy L. Hickey serves as vice president of Marketing and Public Relations. She joined Mercy Medical Center in 1984 as staff writer in the Public Relations department. Since then Hickey has served many positions including manager of Women’s Pavilion and Telemarketing, manager of Program Development, director of Public Relations, and most recently, administrative director of Marketing and Public Relations.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Massillon Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Mercy Diversity Council and Mercy Emergency Management Subcommittee. She previously served as a member of Western Stark Medical Clinic Board of Directors and a volunteer for Mercy PALS Program. She is a graduate of Leadership Stark County's 21st Class and was s a member of ABOUT Magazine’s Advisory Board. Hickey was awarded the Stark County Minority Health Award in 2007.
Hickey graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism/Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from Bowling Green State University in 1981.
Matthew A. Heinle
Vice President & General Counsel
Matthew A. Heinle serves as Vice President & General Counsel for Mercy Medical Center. Mr. Heinle was a co-managing partner in corporate and health law at Brennan, Manna & Diamond in Akron, Ohio, where he practiced from 1995 to 2008. He holds a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University College of Law and a bachelor's degree in finance from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
A Northeast Ohio native, Mr. Heinle's career has focused on health law, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions. He has advised and represented a wide range of health care providers on regulatory compliance (federal, state and local), managed care contracting and negotiating, fraud and abuse, HIPAA, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, joint ventures and staffing matters. In addition, he frequently lectures on federal and state issues that affect health care providers, such as anti-dumping statutes, managed care, and confidentiality of medical records and peer review information.
Mr. Heinle is affiliated with the Ohio State Bar, Akron Bar and American Health Lawyers Associations.
Vice President, Physician Relations, Business Development & Strategy
Jeff Pike holds a master of health administration from The Ohio State University and a bachelor of science in nursing from Kent State University. He completed Cleveland Clinic Administrative and Advisory Board Academy Fellowships. Since 2004, he has served at The Cleveland Clinic: Akron General Campus as director of Patient Services, director of Nursing Administration, senior director of Nursing Administration, associate vice president of Nursing Operations, and vice president of Physician Partners Group and Operations. His work experience also includes director of Patient Care Services at Lutheran Hospital (2002-2003); manager of Special Projects at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2000–2002); and registered nurse at Ohio State University Medical Center (1996–2000).
Pike currently serves as a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and previously served as vice president of the American College of Healthcare Executives Student Chapter. He received the Crain’s Business Under 40 and Barbara Donaho Distinguished Leadership in Learning Awards.
Ahmed El Ghamry Sabe, M.D.
Executive Director of Cardiovascular Services
Ahmed El Ghamry Sabe, M.D., has been Director of Cardiovascular Services at Mercy Medical Center since 1996 and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory since 1995. Dr. Sabe also serves as Co-Director of Mercy Medical Center's Emergency Chest Pain Center. Dr. Sabe is a Harvard-trained interventional cardiologist. He previously served as an interventional cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and was Director of Inverventional Cardiology at Pennsylvania State University's Milton Hershey Medical Center.
In 1996, Dr. Sabe performed Stark County's first transseptal mitral valvuloplasty; Mercy is one of only three centers in Ohio to perform this procedure. Dr. Sabe also performed Stark County's first coronary rotablator atherectomy, Stark County's first intracoronary ultrasound, and Stark County's first extraction atherectomy and first percutaneous aortic balloon valvuloplasty. In 1997, he performed the nation's first transeptal valvuloplasty on a mitral valve with surgically implanted Carpentier ring.
In 1998 Dr. Sabe performed the world's first angioplasty in an emergency department, Stark County's first unprotected left main coronary stent and Stark County's first radial stent coronary angioplasty.
In 1999, Dr. Sabe presented the first national findings on ER angioplasty within the Emergency Room at the 72nd Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2000, he reported on the lowest mortality rate of any Chest Pain Center in the U.S. at the Society of Chest Pain Centers Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
In 2001, Dr. Sabe initiated the nation's first ER use of cardiopulmonary Bypass to resuscitate victims of heart attack and performed Akron/Canton's first gamma brachytherapy.
Dr. Sabe is a Board Certified Interventional Cardiologist, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiologists and is a Fellow of the American Society of Angiography & Intervention where he is an active member of the Lab Standards Committee, the Credential Committee and the Coronary Intervention Committee. He is also a member of the American College of Cardiovascular Administrators, American College of Physician Executives, American Heart Association and American College of Physicians. Dr. Sabe serves as a Board member of the American Heart Association of Stark
David K. Stewart
Senior Vice President & CFO
David K. Stewart serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Mercy Medical Center effective March 1, 2013. He has been part of financial management and leadership at Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) hospitals since 1990.
After graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Miami University in Ohio, Stewart served as a financial analyst at Mercy Medical Center. In 1997, Stewart became a senior financial analyst for Columbia–HCA, Ohio Division in Cleveland. Stewart has also since served as vice president of finance and CFO for St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland and St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio, and most recently, senior vice president and CFO for Providence Hospitals in Columbia, South Carolina.
Mr. Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University (OH) and master’s degrees in business administration and accountancy from the University of Phoenix. Stewart is a member of Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. Since arriving in Canton, he serves on the board of Directors of Stark County Hunger Task Force, ArtsinStark, Ohio Health Choice and SCHS Insurance Company. He also serves on the finance committee of the Ohio Hospital Association. He is an active volunteer in the community including coaching youth basketball and baseball.
Thomas F. Turner
Vice President of Development and Government Relations
President – Mercy Medical Center Development Foundation
Thomas F. Turner is the Vice President of Business Development & Government Relations here at Mercy Medical Center. He also is President of the Mercy Medical Center Development Foundation. Mr. Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Mr. Turner has worked in healthcare administration, development and public affairs for over 25 years. He most recently served as the Vice President for Business Development and Government Relations at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, OH. Prior to joining Akron Children’s, Tom was Vice President of Development and Marketing at Doctors Hospital. From 1981-1994, he was President/Executive Director of the Arthritis Foundation chapters in Central Arizona, Northern California and Southern California.
Mr. Turner also teaches MBA Marketing Management and Advertising courses at Walsh University in North Canton, OH, where he has been an adjunct professor in the School of Business since 1998.
Barbara Yingling, RN, BSN, MAed
Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
An employee at Mercy Medical Center since 1999, Yingling is an accomplished nursing leader with over 20 years of progressive healthcare management experience.
Yingling has served as a critical care nurse, director of nursing staff development and assistant chief nursing officer at Mercy Medical Center. She formerly served as a sophomore and senior level adjunct faculty at Malone College. Prior to her time at Mercy Medical Center, Yingling worked at Doctors Hospital and Massillon Community Hospital.
Yingling received her diploma of nursing at Massillon Community Hospital in 1983, where she served as class president for two years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Walsh College in 1992 and received her Master of Arts in Education and Management at Walsh University in 1996.
In 2007 she was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, PI CHI Chapter. Yingling is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Stark County. She is an active volunteer at St. Philip and James Catholic Church in Canal Fulton, where she also teaches fifth grade CCD classes.