President, Mercy Hospitals – Bakersfield

  • CommonSpirit Health
  • Bakersfiled, CA

This position has been filled.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Hospitals-Bakersfield provides a broad range of medical and surgical services including minimally invasive and outpatient options. Included are the area’s only inpatient oncology unit; the Orthopedic, Spine, and Hand Center; the SA Camp Companies Robotic Surgery center; Family Birth Center and Lactation Support Center; and more. Mercy Hospitals-Bakersfield has recently achieved five Centers of Excellence accreditations in Minimally Invasive, Robotic, Hernia, and Colorectal Surgeries and Minimally Invasive Gynecology. These distinctions from Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) recognize the hospital’s achievements in providing the highest quality of care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Mercy Hospitals-Bakersfield will be breaking ground on a new Southwest Patient Tower Project that will add 106 inpatient beds, 5 operating rooms (to make 10 total), a Cath lab and a GI lab, and a Southwest Campus ASC with an estimated completion date in 2025. Currently Mercy Hospitals-Bakersfield includes Mercy Hospital Downtown, a 144-bed facility located in downtown Bakersfield and Mercy Hospital Southwest, a 78-bed facility and the only hospital located in the rapidly growing area west of Highway 99.

Current Key Statistics for both Mercy Hospital Downtown and Mercy Hospital Southwest:

  • 222 Beds
  • 1,533 Employees
  • 550 Physicians
  • 70,000 ER Visits
  • 8,900 Surgeries
  • 11,500 Admissions

Mercy Health-Bakersfield is part of CommonSpirit, which was created by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health as a single ministry in early 2019. Its commitment to serve the common good is delivered through the dedicated work of more than 150,000 employees, nurses, physicians, advanced practice clinicians, and volunteers; through clinical excellence across a system of 137 hospitals and more than 1,000 care centers serving 21 states; and through more than $4 billion annually in charity care, community benefits, and government program services.

CommonSpirit is a leader in advancing the shift from sick care to well care and advocating for social justice while supporting a wide range of community health programs, research programs, virtual care services, and home health programs addressing the root causes of health inequities, such as access to quality care, affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, and a healthy environment.

Position Overview 

The President, Mercy Hospitals-Bakersfield is responsible for directing, facilitating, and coordinating the development, implementation, and ongoing operational and strategic development activities of Mercy Hospitals.  Reporting to the Southern California Division President of CommonSpirit Health and working closely with Mercy’s Community Board, medical staff, senior leadership, and associates throughout the organization, the President will be charged with continuing to lead Mercy’s operational, strategic, and financial performance, while pursuing expanded core business strategies within the Bakersfield community.  The President will likewise be responsible for establishing effective partnerships with his/her peers at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital and with community agencies, employers, payers, and other providers to ensure that community needs are addressed through the delivery of cost-effective, comprehensive, and quality services.


  • A Master’s and/or medical degree in health care, business administration, or a related field; a minimum of 8 years of progressive and significant leadership experience in a complex and large health care delivery system; a background in both non-profit and proprietary health care will be preferred; experience in a mature managed care environment is desirable.
  • Financial, tactical, and strategic skills; an out-of-the-box thinker and problem solver; a decisive, high energy, and entrepreneurial leadership style; the ability to work with both internal and external stakeholders to pursue core business strategies to continually enhance Mercy Hospitals’ presence and image in its market.
  • Experience leading a complex construction project will be a plus in this role.
  • Highly effective communication skills and a strong relationship builder; the ability to think, act, and challenge in a manner which will promote a sense of collaboration and teamwork amongst and between Mercy’s administration and medical staff and with other divisional hospitals as well.
  • A responsive, interactive, and caring leader and team builder; a skilled and committed listener; experience in workforce development.
  • The ability to lead, manage, strategize, and be proactive within the context of the competitive Bakersfield health care environment.
  • A demonstrated track record in building relationships with physicians, accompanied by the communication skills, credibility, negotiating ability, professional demeanor, and knowledge base to reach out, build trust, and forge relationships with Mercy Hospitals’ diverse medical staff.
  • A commitment to and demonstrated track record of community involvement and philanthropy; the ability to provide strong leadership for the Mercy Foundation; an appreciation of the special opportunities and challenges associated with living in and providing health care leadership to a community like Bakersfield.
  • A strong commitment to and an articulate spokesperson for the mission of Catholic health care; a leadership style which is guided in thinking, acting, and stewardship by a sensitivity to the mission and core values of Mercy Hospitals and CSH.
  • In all of the above, a personal presence driven by honesty, integrity, and the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, goals, and values of the Mercy Hospitals and Dignity/CSH.


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