LIMA — Mercy Health officials on Wednesday announced appointment of Bob Baxter as president and CEO for Mercy Health-Toledo, effective immediately. Baxter has been serving as the interim CEO since early June while also maintaining his role as president and CEO for Mercy Health-Lima.
While Baxter will continue serving in a dual role of president and CEO for both Mercy Health-Toledo and Lima regions, he will shift many of his responsibilities in Lima to Dale Gisi, president of Mercy Health-St. Rita’s.
The two regions share Life Flight and stroke care strategies and have made significant clinical progress together, according to a statement from Mercy Health announcing the personnel changes. It was recently announced that the Life Flight Transportation Network communication center will centralize into one comprehensive center located in Lima.
“I am pleased and honored to lead and work with Mercy Health-Toledo Region employees and physicians to enhance our mission of improving the health of our community, Baxter said in the prepared statement. “I am confident in Mercy Health’s strategy that we have developed to meet the changing healthcare needs of our community. My goal is to empower our employees, leaders and physicians to always do what is best for the patient and to enhance our culture of service and quality for which Mercy Health is known.”
Baxter joined Mercy Health in 2010. Previously he served as vice president of operations and and chief operating officer at Rapid City Regional Medical Center in South Dakota. He received a master’s degree in business administration and a Master of Art from the University of Iowa and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
He has served on several boards including the United Way, Activate Allen County and Allen Economic Development Group as well as volunteering his time throughout the community including on the Business Advocacy Committee for the Shawnee public schools.
“Bob’s expertise in driving amazing patient care, operational excellence and employee engagement will help position Northwest Ohio for continued, ongoing success,” said Brian Smith, chief operating officer, Mercy Health. “His strong knowledge of the Northwest Ohio landscape will help to ensure continuity of services and enhancing access to care for all.”