Mercy Health System Appoints William J. Strimel, DO, FACC, FACP, President of Mercy Physician Network
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (August 13, 2015) - Mercy Health System (MHS) of Southeastern Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that William J. Strimel, DO, FACC, FACP, has accepted the position of President, Mercy Physician Network (MPN), effective August 7, 2015. As the new MPN President, Dr. Strimel will report directly to Gary Zimmer, MD, senior vice president and CEO of the MHS Clinically Integrated Network and Mercy Accountable Care.
“Dr. Strimel brings with him a wealth of healthcare and leadership experience which will help drive the success of our employed physician network,” said Dr. Zimmer. “As we continue to move forward as a people-centered health system, I am confident that Dr. Strimel will provide the vision necessary to strengthen our commitment to the communities we serve.”
In his new position, Dr. Strimel will assume a diverse array of leadership responsibilities and will serve as a key strategic and business partner in all matters relating to the organization’s employed physician practices. He will provide leadership for MPN’s strategies including recruitment initiatives, contracting, revenue, productivity, and practice quality improvements. He will work to enhance patient experience, physician satisfaction, productivity, and financial performance consistent with the mission and goals of MHS. He will also support the development of Mercy’s Accountable Care Organization through clinical leadership for employed physicians, leadership development, and succession planning.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Strimel served as Chairperson of the Department of Medicine and as Medical Director of Cardiology for Mercy Suburban Hospital. He also served as part of the medical staff of Mercy Cardiology, specializing in exercise and sports cardiology.
Dr. Strimel is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, adult echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology. He earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, Ga. Dr. Strimel completed his fellowship training in cardiovascular disease at Texas A&M University Health Science Center/Scott and White Program in Temple, Texas.
As a U.S. Army Combat veteran, Dr. Strimel is strong advocate for improving access to high-quality healthcare for veterans. He spent eight years on Active Duty in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for Combat Service in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently Brigade Surgeon for the 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, Pennsylvania Army National Guard.
Dr. Strimel is a resident of Chesterbrook, Pa.