Bon Secours leader to retire, Mercy Health head to lead combined health systems
Jul 23, 2018 03:29PM ● Published by Chris Haire
John M. Starcher, Jr. will serve as president and CEO of Bon Secours Mercy Health
The new Catholic hospital system will combine Cincinnati, Ohio-based Mercy Health with Bon Secours Health System, a company with hospitals in Greenville and Charleston and cities in five other states. The two systems will merge this fall.
Current Mercy Health president and CEO, John M. Starcher, Jr., will lead a combined health system of nearly 60,000 employees, 43 hospitals, and 1,000 care sites and serve an estimated 10 million patients a year.
"Our new ministry has an exciting future before it. It is positioned to be more successful than Mercy Health and Bon Secours ever could be as separate entities," Starcher says. "We will expand our services and programs, provide greater access in our markets to help and serve more people. We will be able to do even more for people who are poor, dying, or underserved, providing almost two million dollars each day in community benefit as a combined entity."
Bon Secours' Statuto is confident in Starcher and the success of the merged systems.
"While I look forward to retirement and spending time with my family, I am fully committed to the success of our newly formed ministry. I have committed to helping over the course of the next year to ensure a robust start for Bon Secours Mercy Health as we bring together two incredibly strong organizations," Statuto says. "John and I have been working closely throughout this process and we are both fully committed to ensuring a smooth transition"
Starcher is a seasoned health care leader who was named president and CEO of Mercy Health in 2016 after 13 years with the ministry. During his time at Mercy Health, Starcher was CEO of three of four divisions within the ministry and also served as the organization’s senior vice president of human resources and assistant general counsel. He served on the Bon Secours Health System Board in 2017.
The merger of of Mercy Health and Bon Secours isn't the only new partnership that will impact the Upstate.
Nationwide, hospital mergers are on the rise. According to a 2017 study conducted by Charles River Associates paid for by the American Hospital Association, mergers lowered hospital operating costs by 2.5 percent.