The Sisters of Charity Health System today announced President & CEO Thomas J. Strauss will take on the additional role of interim CEO of Mercy Medical Center, one of the health system’s two Catholic hospitals in Ohio. Paul Hiltz, who has led Mercy Medical Center since 2017, has accepted a position with NCH Healthcare System, a two-hospital Mayo Clinic Care Network affiliate in Naples, Fla.
“Mercy Medical Center has truly shone under Paul’s leadership. He has helped transform Mercy’s operations and positioned it well for the future while maintaining steadfast commitment to high quality Catholic health care,” said Strauss. “During his tenure, Mercy received 4 stars from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and achieved high marks from The Joint Commission, the American Heart Association and The LeapFrog Group.”
Founded in 1908 by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Mercy Medical Center’s recent achievements and successes also include delivering a higher standard of care for treatment of heart attack patients; several consecutive years of national recognition for outstanding quality care for cancer patients; new technology for preventing infections; innovative approaches to patient safety and monitoring; and investments in Plain Township and northeast Canton that expanded outpatient and dental services, and helped boost the regional economy.
“During my time here, the board and I worked to cultivate a leadership team that is fully prepared to take Mercy Medical Center boldly into the future,” said Hiltz. “Our focus on leadership development and formation has created a depth of capable, creative and committed servant leaders with a firm foundation in our Catholic identity and principles, and I have great confidence in the future of Mercy.” Hiltz’s last day with Mercy Medical Center will be Friday, August 30.
“In addition to operational strength and leadership, Mercy Medical Center is fortunate to have outstanding physicians without whom fulfilling our mission of providing high quality care would be impossible,” said Strauss. “I am confident that together, we will continue to build on our recent successes, and continue to meet the needs of the individuals, families and communities we serve.”
Since 2017, Strauss has served as president & CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System, which includes two Catholic hospitals, two skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, three grantmaking foundations addressing the root causes of poverty, and six health and human service outreach organizations in Ohio and South Carolina. He joined the health system from CEO Advisory Network, where he was managing member and co-founder. Previously, Strauss led Summa Health System for 15 years, during which time Summa experienced significant growth in market share and financial revenues, and earned the NorthCoast 99 award for best workplaces in Northeast Ohio for 11 straight years. His extensive experience also includes leadership roles for Meridia Health System, Baxter Health Care Corporation and Allegheny General Hospital.
“We are honored for Tom to increase his presence and leadership with our hospital executive team,” said Jack Gravo, chair, board of directors, Mercy Medical Center. “Our award-winning services, highly regarded team of physicians and compassionate caregivers distinguish Mercy as an outstanding hospital for the Stark County community and beyond. We sincerely thank Paul, and wish him well as he moves to Florida and continues his accomplished career.”Please click here for media inquiries