Mercy Medical Center has announced the appointment of Paul C. Hiltz, FACHE, as interim CEO. He will join Mercy Medical Center on July 24. His appointment will allow a smooth transition of leadership following the recent announcement of president and CEO Thomas E. Cecconi’s retirement plans at the end of this year. Cecconi will remain with Mercy through December as president emeritus, and will assist in the leadership transition, as well as support Mercy in its community, development and medical staff relations.
Hiltz has most recently served as a senior adviser for the Mercy Health System (formerly Catholic Health Partners) in Cincinnati. He previously held positions as president and CEO at Mercy Health Springfield Region and Network CEO of Community Mercy Health Partners (CMHP).
“Paul Hiltz brings experience in Catholic health care and an accomplished record of leadership to Mercy Medical Center,” said Jack Gravo, chairman, Mercy board of directors. “We are confident he will lead Mercy Medical Center to deliver the quality and excellence in health care that Mercy is known for in the greater Stark County community.”
Hiltz was responsible for implementing and heading Mercy Health’s Accountable Care Organization, Mercy Health Select. That experience will prove valuable in his role at Mercy as payor models shift to value based purchasing and population health management. He had been with Catholic Health Partners since 1985 where he held many senior roles, including president and CEO of Mercy Mt. Airy Hospital and vice president of Mercy Medical Associates (MMA). He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a master’s degree in health administration from Xavier University.
“I am honored to join the Mercy Medical Center family,” said Hiltz. “Their many award winning programs, including those in heart and cancer, as well as their highly regarded team of physicians and staff, clearly put Mercy on the map as an outstanding hospital that provides quality, compassionate care for this community.”
Founded in 1908 in Canton, Ohio, by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Mercy Medical Center has grown into a nationally recognized health care organization that includes the main campus hospital in Canton; as well as nine community health centers that provide services in Alliance, Jackson Township, Massillon, North Canton, Plain Township, Lake Township, Louisville, Carroll County, and Tuscarawas County. In addition, Mercy Primary Care – St. Paul Square was opened in 2012 in the medically underserved Northeast section of Canton. This medical home model provides primary care to pediatric and adult patients and is a satellite office of Mercy Dental Services.
Mercy has a Level II Trauma Center and Emergency Department that treated more than 68,000 patient visits last year, and the nation’s first accredited Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) with a dedicated, state-of-the-art heart catheterization laboratory located right in the ECPC. Centers of excellence include Mercy Heart Center, Mercy Cancer Center, Mercy Robotic Surgery Center, Mercy Orthopedic Center, Mercy Dental Center and Mercy Rehabilitation Center.
As Hiltz begins his interim role, the task of identifying a new president and CEO to lead Mercy will commence, as led by Thomas J. Strauss, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS), and the Mercy Medical Center and SCHS boards.
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