CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. – Eric Ammons, president of Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kan., will become president of Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City, Mo., effective May 20.

Mercy Hospital Jefferson, formerly Jefferson Regional Medical Center, became part of Mercy on February 1. Established in 1957, Mercy Hospital Jefferson has 251 acute care beds, more than 1,200 co-workers and 170 medical staff members. It is the fifth largest among Mercy’s 32 hospitals.

Ammons began his health care career as a physical therapist and has served in leadership positions at Mercy’s hospitals in Fort Scott and Independence, Kan., for more than two decades. Since joining the Fort Scott hospital in 1987 as director of rehabilitation, he has served as director of corporate rehab, vice president of customer service, and vice president of human resources and outreach, covering both Fort Scott and Independence. As president of Mercy Hospital Independence since 2009, Ammons has led the achievement of high patient satisfaction and safety, brought new physicians to the community, expanded services in nearby areas and achieved improved financial results.

“Eric will be a great fit for our newest Mercy hospital,” said Mike McCurry, Mercy’s chief operating officer. “His positive presence, ability to develop and cultivate strong relationships, focus on community and co-worker engagement, and passion for delivering exceptional Mercy service are second to none.”

Ammons stated, “As excited as I am by this new opportunity, I did not take the decision lightly to come to Mercy Hospital Jefferson. It’s because of the wonderful experiences I’ve had with Mercy, and the support I’ve been given by my co-workers and communities over the years, that I have the faith and confidence to accept this new position.”

Ammons has a bachelor’s in biology from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan., and a bachelor’s in physical therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. He will relocate to Jefferson County with his wife, Chris. They are parents of two grown children.

Upon Ammons’ transfer, Jeff Buck, interim CEO, will transition to his new role as executive director of the Jefferson Memorial Community Foundation.

“We are so grateful to Jeff Buck for his leadership during this exciting period for Mercy Jefferson, and we anticipate a continuing strong relationship as he takes the helm of this new foundation in support of community health,” said Donn Sorensen, Mercy regional president.

Established as Jefferson Memorial Hospital in 1957, Mercy Hospital Jefferson is a 251-bed private, not-for-profit hospital in Crystal City. Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition to the Crystal City location in the east Missouri region, Mercy’s services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, and Mercy Clinic, a 575-member multispecialty physician organization. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

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