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Jim FitzPatrick Accepts Position within Mercy Health Network
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02/22/2012
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Jim FitzPatrickMason City--For the past 11 years, Jim FitzPatrick has served as President/CEO of Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa. It is with heavy hearts that the organization announces the resignation of FitzPatrick, President/CEO of Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa as he accepts the role of Senior Vice President of Network Management and Development at Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines. FitzPatrick’s last day at Mercy – North Iowa will be March 30.

FitzPatrick took the helm of Mercy - North Iowa in 2001. Prior to that, he served Mercy - North Iowa as the Senior Vice President of Network Development for two years.

"Jim is a true ‘servant leader,’ having impacted all lives he touched. He will be missed greatly here in North Iowa, not only at the hospital, but as a leader within the community. The good news is he will remain in Iowa and continue his work with Mercy Health Network, which Mercy – North Iowa is a member of," said Tracy Kading, Chair, Mercy Board of Trustees.

During his tenure, FitzPatrick’s accomplishments have been numerous and have made long-lasting positive effects that will benefit the organization for years to come. Under his leadership, Mercy - North Iowa:

  • Was among the first hospitals in Iowa to implement an electronic health record system (Genesis, 2005);
  • Was named a Top 100 Hospital for eight years based on overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability;
  • Was an advocacy force that impacted state and federal legislation that benefited the direction of healthcare and the lives of patients;
  • Completed many facility projects, including the construction of a new Emergency Department and the construction of the third floor of the Cancer Center.

"I will miss Mercy - North Iowa, the physicians, nurses, and associates and also the community of Mason City and all the people I have had the pleasure to meet and to call my friends," FitzPatrick said. "Ellen, my wife, and I will begin this new chapter of our lives with happy memories of Mason City and all of North Iowa. I look forward to continuing my professional and personal relationships."

The Mercy Board of Trustees is working closely with Trinity Health (Novi, MI) and Mercy Health Network (Des Moines, Iowa) during this transitional period. FitzPatrick’s first day at Mercy - Des Moines will be April 2.

"While we are happy for Jim in his decision, we know that we will have a major undertaking when filling his position," Kading said. "We wish him well."

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