John M. Starcher, Jr. Esq.
President and CEO

John Starcher is president and CEO of Bon Secours Mercy Health. As the leader of one of the largest health care systems in the U.S., Starcher oversees the development of system strategies and operations for 50 Mercy Health and Bon Secours hospitals and more than 1,000 sites of care across Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina and Florida, as well as five locations across Ireland. Bon Secours Mercy Health employs more than 60,000 people including 2,600 employed U.S. providers and 450 Irish consultants, and has pro forma net operating revenue of approximately $10 billion.

Previously he served as president and CEO of Mercy Health, the largest provider of health care in the state of Ohio.

Starcher was the former president and chief executive officer of Health Management Associates (HMA), an integrated acute care delivery system with 71 hospitals across 15 states. He guided HMA through its successful sale to Community Health Systems.

Before joining HMA, Starcher served as the CEO of three of Mercy Health’s four divisions – overseeing more than 20 acute care hospitals, five long term care facilities, six home health agencies and dozens of affiliated clinical practices with more than $3 billion in net revenue. He also served as the CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region, the senior vice president of human resources and corporate associate counsel.

Starcher began his health care career in academic medicine, serving six years in leadership roles at the Medical College of Ohio, now the University of Toledo Medical Center.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Toledo. John is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and has actively served as a director on more than 16 boards.

Brian Smith
Chief Operating Officer

As chief operating officer, Brian Smith oversees Bon Secours Mercy Health operations throughout the ministry. He is responsible for the operational management of the ministry’s three divisions and also oversees key functions including nursing, pharmacy, lab, enterprise-wide analytics, quality and clinical effectiveness, and post-acute services.

Smith previously served as chief operating officer for Mercy Health. In a prior role, he was CEO of the ministry’s north division. He also held the position of executive vice president/chief operating officer with St. Rita’s Health Partners in Lima, which included two hospitals, four physician joint ventures and a wholly owned physician enterprise.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University.

Smith is a member of the Ohio Hospital Association Board of Directors and the Advisory Board for the James Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University. He is past chairman of the board of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Smith has been recognized by Modern Healthcare with its “Up and Comers” award, and the Cincinnati Business Courier named him “2017 Chief Operating Officer of the Year.” He previously served on the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Summa Health System Board of Directors and the Mercy College of Ohio Board of Trustees.

Wael Haidar, MD
Chief Clinical Officer

Wael Haidar, MD, serves as chief clinical officer at Bon Secours Mercy Health. He is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organization’s clinical enterprise, including service lines, physician and ambulatory services, medical informatics and population health.

He previously served as senior vice president, Provider Networks, for Bon Secours Health System, a role he assumed in January 2017. Prior to joining Bon Secours, Dr. Haidar worked at Mercy Clinics in Des Moines, Iowa, for 10 years where he served as a staff physician, medical director of the Adult Hospitalist Program, vice president of hospital-based physicians and ultimately as chief physician executive and president of Mercy Clinics.

Dr. Haidar earned his medical degree from American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. He completed fellowships with the Mayo Clinic in behavioral neurology and geriatrics.

David Cannady
Chief Strategy Officer

David Cannady is the chief strategy officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, leading the ministry’s marketing, innovation and strategic planning teams.

Cannady came to Mercy Health in May 2017 from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in Nashville, where he served as vice president of the Strategic Resource Group. During his tenure at HCA, David led a team that provided strategic planning and consulting for growth initiatives and hospital operations, managed reporting and progress on the strategic agenda, and helped develop strategies on service lines, clinically integrated networks and clinical co-management programs.

Before joining HCA in 2002, Cannady was a senior manager in the health care consulting group at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young in Charlotte, N.C. He began his career at Richmond Memorial Hospital, now known as Memorial Regional Medical Center.

A North Carolina native, he holds a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.

Cannady serves on the board of Cintrifuse, an innovation technology company based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Michael Bezney
Chief Legal Officer

Michael A. Bezney is the chief legal officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, leading all ministry-wide legal operations, as well as governance, foundation and advocacy functions.

He joined Mercy Health in 2002 as senior vice president and general counsel, and most recently served as chief legal officer for the ministry.

Previously, Bezney served as vice president and associate general counsel for Advocate Health Care, the largest nonprofit system in metropolitan Chicago. Before joining Advocate in 1996, he was a partner in the health care law department of McDermott, Will & Emery, a Chicago-based law firm. He also served as an associate in corporate law with the Dallas, Texas-based firm of Johnson & Gibbs.

Bezney earned his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas.

Deborah Bloomfield, PhD
Chief Financial Officer

Debbie Bloomfield, chief financial officer (CFO) for Bon Secours Mercy Health, manages the ministry’s financial operations, including treasury and investment, supply chain, real estate and development, and managed care.

Bloomfield served as chief financial officer for Mercy Health. In a prior role, she was the CFO for Mercy Health’s southern division. Previously, Bloomfield was employed by Ernst and Young, LLP, where she specialized in the health care and finance services sectors. She has more than 25 years of experience in health care finance. In 2013, Bloomfield was named Chief Financial Officer of the Year by the Cincinnati Business Courier.

Bloomfield holds a PhD in business administration from Touro University International (now Trident University). She holds a Master of Business Administration in finance and management information systems from Xavier University in Cincinnati and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in accounting from Xavier University.

She is a certified public accountant in Ohio (active) and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Fr. Joseph Cardone
Chief Mission Officer

As chief mission officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, Fr. Joseph Cardone leads the ministry’s initiatives to extend understanding about the organization’s Catholic heritage and identity among employees, leaders and board members.

Previously, Fr. Cardone served as the chief mission officer and senior vice president of mission and values for Mercy Health, as well as vice president of mission and value integration for Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital. While in Toledo, he served as pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

He holds a doctor of philosophy in moral theology from St. Louis University and a master’s degree from the Athenaeum of Ohio, Cincinnati. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and teaching. He was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Toledo in 1987.

Joe Gage
Chief Human Resources Officer

Joe Gage is the chief human resources officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health and is responsible for diversity and inclusion, talent acquisition, rewards and wellbeing, and learning for the more than 57,000-employee ministry.

Gage previously served as chief human resources officer for Mercy Health. Prior to joining the health care ministry, he was a vice president at Tenet and led human resources (HR), talent, recruiting and HR metrics for the 56 hospitals and 58,000 employees in hospital operations.

Earlier in his career, he negotiated national and local labor agreements for Levi Strauss & Co. At Delta Air Lines, Gage was the human resources division leader for 10,000 pilots and led the startup of Delta’s new low-cost carrier, Song Airlines. He began his career as in-house counsel for BNSF Railway handling labor and employment cases.

Gage has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Baylor School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Texas.

Sr. Anne Lutz, CBS
Chief Sponsorship and Mission Officer

As chief sponsorship and mission officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, Sr. Anne Lutz, CBS, oversees mission, sponsorship, ministry formation, workplace spirituality, ethics, global ministries and social advocacy.

A health care administrator with more than 30 years of experience in acute and geriatric care, Sr. Anne previously served as executive vice president of sponsorship for Bon Secours Health System. In addition, she served as board president for Bon Secours Baltimore Health System in Maryland.

Prior to joining Bon Secours Health System in 1987, Sr. Anne served as an administrator for St. Francis Country House, a 313-bed skilled nursing facility in Darby, Pa. She also held several nursing management and staff positions at three Bon Secours hospitals in Michigan and Maryland.

Sr. Anne received her nursing education from the Bon Secours School of Nursing, Baltimore, Md. She later obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Detroit and a Gerontology Certificate from St. Louis University.

She serves on the boards of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and Roper St. Francis Health Care. She is treasurer for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA and assistant treasurer, Congregation of Bon Secours Paris.

Sandra Mackey
Chief Marketing Officer

As chief marketing officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, Sandra Mackey is responsible for all marketing, communications, digital, brand and creative strategy to support health care delivery across the ministry.

Before joining Mercy Health in 2017 as chief marketing officer, Mackey served as senior vice president of marketing and communications for the Arthritis Foundation, where she was responsible for national strategic marketing initiatives. Previously, Mackey was the executive director of market strategy for Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, where she led a team to support service line and strategic growth initiatives, established a digital marketing platform and launched a comprehensive brand strategy.

Mackey was named “2018 Chief Marketing Officer of the Year” by the Cincinnati Business Courier. She is a graduate of the Woodruff Leadership Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Birmingham University in England.

She recently served on the board of directors for Saint Joseph’s Mercy Care Foundation in Atlanta and is a current board member for Access Health. She is a member of the national Women Business Leaders (WBL) organization.

Andrea Mazzoccoli, PhD
Chief Nursing and Quality Officer

Andrea Mazzoccoli is the chief nursing and quality officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health. She previously served as the corporate chief nurse executive for Bon Secours Health System. As chief nursing officer, she represents thousands of nurses working across the continuum of care to ensure the highest standard for professional nursing practice and quality outcomes.

Prior to joining Bon Secours, Mazzoccoli served as vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Mazzoccoli earned a nursing diploma from the Shadyside School of Nursing; a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Carlow College, a Master of Science in nursing and business administration from Duquesne University and a PhD in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship and is a Johnson & Johnson Wharton fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

She serves as a magnet appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Thom Morris, PhD
Chief Sponsorship and Theology Officer

Thom Morris serves as chief sponsorship and theology officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health, working with the chair of Bon Secours Mercy Ministries to plan, develop and coordinate the sponsorship infrastructure for the health care ministry.

He previously served as senior vice president of sponsorship and theology for Bon Secours Health System, an organization he joined in 1998. He also served as executive director, Bon Secours Ministries/Bon Secours, Inc., and senior vice president of sponsorship for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville, S.C. and Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, Ashland, Ky.

From 1990 to 1998, Morris was executive director for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, a Washington, D.C.-based ministry formation center.

Morris received a Bachelor of Arts from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in theology from the Washington Theological Union, Washington, D.C. He also has a master’s degree and PhD in religious studies from the School of Religious Studies of The Catholic University of America.

Sam Ross, MD
Chief Community Health Officer

Sam Ross, MD, serves as Bon Secours Mercy Health’s chief community health officer. In this role, Dr. Ross is responsible for community education, prevention and wellness, and social determinants.

He previously served as chief executive officer of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and executive vice president at Bon Secours Health System. He was the market leader for Bon Secours Kentucky, the leader of Supply Chain and the executive sponsor of the enterprise-wide Project Management Office. Prior to joining Bon Secours, he served as executive vice president and chief medical officer of Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Ross received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in San Antonio, Texas, and a Master of Science in medical management from the University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas.

He is the current chair of the board for 340B Health, a member of CHA Diversity and Health Disparities Committee and a member of the board of Behavioral Health System Baltimore. He serves on the Governor’s Commission for Service and Volunteerism. In 2015, he co-chaired the Mayor’s Heroin Treatment and Prevention Task Force.

Dr. Ross was named one of the Top 20 Most Admired CEOs in Maryland. He was also recognized as one of the nation’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Laishy Williams-Carlson
Chief Information Officer

As chief information officer (CIO), Laishy Williams-Carlson oversees Bon Secours Mercy Health information and technology (I&T) throughout the ministry. In this role, she leads the I&T and Epic electronic health record teams, and is responsible for information technology, applications, cyber security and digital solutions.

Williams-Carlson has been a member of the Bon Secours Mercy Health team for more than 35 years, previously serving as CIO of Bon Secours Health System, as well as regional and market VP/CIO. Prior to her involvement in and leadership of I&T, she was in finance, serving as controller and controller/CIO of Maryview Health System – Bon Secours.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Old Dominion University and her Master’s of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Williams-Carlson led the effort to achieve “Most Wired” status for Bon Secours Health System and the HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 designation for several Virginia hospitals and physician practices. In 2014, she was named as one of the Top Women Powerhouses in Health IT by HIMSS Healthcare IT News.