Springfield, Mo. (9/12/17) – Beginning today, an interim leadership team will begin working at Mercy Hospital Springfield. That team is supporting local leaders in their efforts to create and implement a plan of action for ensuring the highest levels of patient care and safety, as well as for the safety and wellbeing of co-workers.
The leaders are coming to Springfield from across the four states Mercy serves. “I can’t say enough about this interim team’s generosity in volunteering to leave their families and regular work to focus on helping us. They bring a fresh perspective and will help bolster local resources,” said Jon Swope, Mercy central region president and interim president of Mercy Springfield Communities. “I’m also humbled by the long hours and tireless efforts our local leaders have provided during the past several weeks.”
After identifying behavior that does not live up to Mercy’s standards of dignity and compassion, Mercy Hospital Springfield has implemented an expanded program of co-worker training on de-escalation techniques and abuse and neglect prevention. Mercy continues to work with state and federal regulators to secure their input on and support for a plan of action.
“With drug addiction and mental health issues at an all-time high, especially in our part of the state, our co-workers are managing increasingly difficult patient needs. Even so, we are committed to providing a safe environment for our patients and our co-workers, and to honoring our Sisters of Mercy founders by cherishing all our patients as created in the image of God,” Swope said.
Interim leadership appointments are as follows: