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Published on March 08, 2012

David Clark Named President and CEO of Mercy Health System  

Conshohocken, Pa., Thursday, March 8, 2012 – The Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania board of trustees and Catholic Health East announced today that David Clark, MBA, FACHE, has been named president and CEO of Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Clark succeeds H. Ray Welch Jr., CHE’s executive vice president of ministry operations, who has been serving in both roles since August 2010. Clark will assume his position on April 2.

“David’s commitment to mission as the primary strategic imperative makes him an outstanding new leader for Mercy Health System,” said Sr. Christine McCann, chair, Mercy SEPA’s board of trustees. “His previous leadership and experience in a multi-hospital regional system that included a broad array of services, a well-developed physician services network, and managed care integration will support Mercy in achieving our 2017 strategic vision and goals.”

Clark joins Mercy SEPA from his position as regional vice president and chief executive officer for the Urban South Region of Intermountain Healthcare in Provo, Utah, where he is primarily responsible for the overall operations of the region, consisting of three hospitals and other related services.

“David is uniquely qualified to lead Mercy Health System during this period of unprecedented change in the health care environment,” said Welch. “His success in building physician alignment and achieving quality and growth goals over the past 10 years at  a large, integrated health system, and  commitment to the vision of building a health care delivery model that provides quality health services across the continuum is aligned with the Mercy mission and commitment to the communities we are privileged to serve.”

Clark brings with him more 20 years of progressively responsible health care management experience in both Utah and Texas, including positions as senior vice president and chief administrative officer for CHRISTUS Spohn Health System and CEO of Spohn Hospital Shoreline at CHRISTUS, both in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Clark has held membership on numerous boards including the Volunteer Care Clinic of Provo, United Way of Utah County, and the UVSC Community Outreach Council. He currently serves on the boards of the Utah Valley Healthcare Foundation and the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, as well as advisory board member for Brigham Young University’s School of Nursing. In 1994, Clark was awarded the Up and Comer Award by Modern Healthcare magazine. He was also recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives with the Regent’s Early Careerist Award in 1996 and was nominated by the Texas Hospital Association president for The Healthcare Forum’s Emerging Leaders in Healthcare Award in 1998.

“We’re pleased to have David join the CHE team,” said Judith M. Persichilli, RN, BSN, president and chief executive officer, Catholic Health East. “His depth and breadth of experience and proven leadership make him the ideal choice to lead Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania into the future.”

Clark graduated from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance in 1986. He also holds an MBA in health organization management from Texas Tech University and he is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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