May 6, 2013

Mercy Medical Center appoints David Cemate new senior vice president and COO

Mercy Medical Center has named David D. Cemate, FACHE, its new senior vice president and chief operating officer (COO) effective April 30.

Tom Cecconi, Mercy president and CEO, believes Cemate’s passion for hospital operation and focus on customer service will be a great benefit to Mercy during a new era of health-care reform.

“With more than 30 years of experience in health-care leadership, David possesses extensive skills in managing productivity and expenses to achieve operational goals. He also knows how to collaborate with physicians, mentor staff, and champion quality and patient safety,” Cecconi says. “We are pleased to welcome him to our management team.”

Prior to his appointment at Mercy, Cemate served as vice president of operations for Advocate Condell Medical Center and executive vice president and COO for St. Francis Hospital and Health Center, both located near Chicago. He has also previously held positions in administration at Akron General Medical Center in Akron and Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland.

Cemate holds a master of health administration from Duke University and a bachelor of business administration from Eastern Michigan University. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Hospital Association, he has been active in the community of Blue Island, Illinois, serving as vice president of the Blue Island Main Street board of directors; on the parking and architectural design committees for the Blue Island City Redevelopment Plan; and on the sponsorship committee for the Blue Island Pro Am Cycling Classic.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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