Mercy Health Network (MHN) announced a new leadership structure designed to create greater regional alignment and enhance collaboration in eastern Iowa. The new structure brings together the expertise and resources of Mercy – Dubuque, Mercy – Clinton, and critical access hospitals in Guttenberg, Elkader, and Dyersville.
Kay Takes, President of Mercy – Dubuque, has been appointed to serve as President of the eastern Iowa region in addition to her role as President of Mercy-Dubuque. Among Takes’s first priorities will be the development of a regional leadership team consisting of representatives from the region’s other market ministries.
“Kay has been a proven, transformational leader at Mercy – Dubuque,” said Bob Ritz, President and CEO of MHN. “Elevating her to a regional role enables MHN to better leverage the strengths of all of our ministries in eastern Iowa and explore new ways to collaborate, share expertise, and advance strategic partnerships for the benefit of the patients and families we serve.”
Takes has served the organization in a variety of leadership roles since 1998, and was appointed President of Mercy – Dubuque in 2015. The new regional structure and the Takes appointment became effective on July 16.
“This new regional alignment better positions us to add value, optimize resources, and improve access to personalized, convenient, and high-quality care,” said Takes. “I am honored to lead this new regional effort as we carry out the important work of serving the communities in eastern Iowa and the tri-state region.”
Amy Berentes, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy-Clinton for the past ten years, will serve as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for the Mercy – Clinton leadership team and report to Takes.
MHN’s integrated system of hospitals, clinics, and other health care services and facilities work together to provide Iowans with statewide access to personalized, high-quality, and high value care.