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Mercy Health Network CEO Biography

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David H. Vellinga
President & CEO, Mercy Health Network
CEO, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa

David (Dave) H. Vellinga serves as President & CEO of Mercy Health Network (MHN) – a joint operating venture between Catholic Health Initiatives, headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and Trinity Health, headquartered in Livonia, Mich.  Currently, MHN consists of 11 owned hospitals, 29 affiliated community hospitals and 142 physician clinics.  MHN facilities employ 13,000 employees, have 2,293 licensed beds, facilitate 2+ million outpatient visits annually and have a 27.5 percent share of inpatient and observation discharges in the state.

In addition, Dave is Senior Vice President for Operations for Catholic Health Initiatives and CEO of Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines, an 802-bed acute care, not-for-profit Catholic hospital situated on three campuses in the Des Moines metro area.  With more than 7,100 employees and a medical staff of more than 800 physician and allied health providers including 380 employed physicians and 130 allied health professionals, Mercy offers a wide array of programs and services to meet the health care needs of the communities it serves.  These include a variety of hospital-based specialties and subspecialties; an outpatient clinic system with five Urgent Care clinics, two Quick Care clinics and more than 50 family practice and specialty clinics located throughout central Iowa; and extensive senior services that include a 150-bed nursing home, a 64-unit assisted living facility and 354 units of independent living facility.  Mercy also provides services and support to a network of critical access hospitals and health care facilities (Mercy Health Network – Central Iowa) in 18 central Iowa communities and has 10 wholly-owned subsidiaries – including Mercy College of Health Sciences.

Prior to beginning at Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines on Jan. 1, 1999, Dave served as President & CEO for Mercy Medical Center–North Iowa in Mason City.  Mercy North Iowa was formed as a result of a 1993 merger between two Mason City hospitals – St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, where Dave was President & CEO, and North Iowa Medical Center.  Prior to the merger, Dave also served in various administrative roles at Mercy and with the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City.

A graduate of Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, Dave earned a Master’s degree in Hospital and Health Care Administration from the University of Iowa.  His involvement in many professional associations and civic activities reflect his passion for improving health care in Iowa, and his honors include being recognized as one of the “10 Emerging Leaders in Healthcare” by the Healthcare Forum (1990) and receiving the Iowa Hospital Association’s “Ship’s Wheel” award in 1991.

Dave is married and resides in Clive, a suburb of Des Moines, with his wife, Nancy.  They have three grown children and five grandchildren. Aside from spending time with his family, Dave’s interests include long-distance running, swimming, bicycling and other wellness activities; community involvement; and international health services.

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