Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Mercy Health Announce New Statewide Executive Team

January 8, 2018 8:55 pm

CANTON and NORTON SHORES, Mich. – (Jan. 8, 2018) The Trinity Health-owned health systems of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) in southeast Michigan and Mercy Health in west Michigan have announced the executive team that will lead its new unified statewide system, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

“These leaders have proven ability in their respective areas to advance strategic partnerships, growth initiatives and payer strategies in order to create a strong, people-centered care delivery network across Michigan,” said Rob Casalou, president and CEO, Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.



















  • Mary Boyd, chief integration officer, previously executive vice president of Regional Network and System Development for Mercy Health, will oversee strategy and business development, process excellence, accreditation, business health solutions, innovation hub, and medical group and provider services across the state.


  • Sally Guindi, general counsel, has led the legal team and governance for SJMHS for many years and will continue to work closely with the statewide executive leadership team and Trinity Health to establish key statewide affiliations and partnerships.


  • Michael Gusho, chief financial officer, chief financial officer for SJMHS and interim chief financial officer for Mercy Health since the September 2017 appointment of Gary Allore to president of Mercy Health Muskegon, will now assume the role statewide.


  • Ane McNeil, chief human resources officer, who previously served as chief human resources officer for SJMHS, will assume statewide HR leadership and responsibility for strategic HR practices that align within Michigan and Trinity Health.


  • Michele Szczypka, chief marketing and communications officer, previously chief marketing officer for SJMHS, will oversee marketing, communications, digital solutions group, call center functions and physician network marketing throughout Michigan.


  • Rosalie Tocco-Bradley, PhD, M.D., Chief Clinical Officer, who currently serves as chief medical officer of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston hospitals and chief clinical officer for SJMHS, will work to integrate acute care flow, clinical research, quality, safety, risk, informatics, medical staff office and GME programs throughout Michigan.

These appointments join other statewide positions that began in recent years including Paul Harkaway, M.D., chief accountable care development officer, who was the first statewide executive to oversee the formation and growth of Michigan ACO/CINs. The statewide team also includes Elizabeth Hertel, director of State Advocacy, and Doug Fenbert, chief information officer.

“Through our efforts, we are better organized to serve patients with a healthier, stronger and more responsive statewide health care system,” said Casalou. “This leadership model will further align and advance our shared vision to be Michigan’s most trusted health partner for life.”

The new health system in Michigan includes 8 hospitals with a total of 2,357 licensed beds, nine outpatient health centers, 12 urgent care facilities and more than 35 specialty centers. It will employ more than 22,500 colleagues and have a medical staff of nearly 4,000 physicians.

The new statewide structure is part of Trinity Health’s national strategy to integrate teams and resources to serve communities better. Trinity Health recently combined five hospitals and other facilities in Connecticut and Massachusetts to form Trinity Health Of New England.

Trinity Health’s strategy in Michigan has intensified in recent years, including shared partnerships and new affiliations with University of Michigan Health and Together Health Network. This statewide focus will enable the regional health systems to combine their strong care delivery networks while establishing a highly visible and recognizable brand within the communities they serve – going to market as one, unified system for people-centered care.

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About Mercy Health

Mercy Health is a regional, multi-campus, Catholic health care system serving West Michigan and the lakeshore with four hospital campuses, more than 60 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and 7,200 colleagues, and hospice, home health and long-term care service offerings. Mercy Health Physician Partners, our multi-specialty physician network, employs more than 500 physicians and advanced practice professionals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland and the lakeshore. Mercy Health has annual operating revenues of about $1.4 billion and returns about $80 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs. Mercy Health, a member of Trinity Health, is committed to being a trusted health partner for life, transforming the communities we serve, by providing high-quality care that is the most accessible, compassionate and personalized in West Michigan. Visit us at

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 15,300 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $2 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs. For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit

SJMHS and Mercy Health are member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 131,000 colleagues, has annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of about $24 billion. Additionally, the organization returns roughly $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.


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