WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The president and CEO of Mercy Health Network is retiring.
66-year-old David H. Vellinga has announced he will be stepping down in 2017. Before joining Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines in 1999, Vellinga spent many years as a hospital administrator in North Iowa. He began in 1982 as senior vice president at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Mason City, then became its president and CEO as it transitioned to North Iowa Mercy Health Center until 1998.
“Dave has been a strategic leader and a bold advocate for people-centered care,” says Sally Jeffcoat, Mercy Health Network Board. “He has been a pioneer in building Mercy Health Network and other innovative partnerships that enable more access and better care for the communities we serve. We will miss him, and we wish him the very best.”
Vellinga received the top honor of the Iowa Hospital Association for a health care CEO, the “Ship’s Wheel Award”, in 1991 and has led Mercy-Des Moines to include more than 450 integrated physicians and advance practice clinicians.
“I have been fortunate to work side-by-side with incredibly talented and dedicated employees, volunteers, board members and doctors,” says Vellinga. “It’s their hard work, commitment to our mission and love of our patients that ensures Mercy’s success.”