July 2013
Mercy Board appoints Interim CEO

The Board of Directors of Mercy Hospital has appointed Michael Hagen, Ed.D., to the position of Interim CEO, effective August 5. Hagen will replace Jason Douglas who is leaving Mercy to serve as President of Regional Enterprises Incorporated and CEO of Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, Wisconsin.


Hagen comes to Mercy from Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin, MN, where he served as CEO from 2001 until his retirement in July, 2013. During his tenure at Riverwood, he oversaw the construction of a new hospital and integrated rural health clinic in 2003, along with a $21 million expansion completed in 2013. Hagen also developed collaborative relationships and joint ventures that expanded services in the community such as the partnership with Cuyuna Regional Medical Center to form the Cuyuna Riverwood Breast Health Alliance and Minnesota Center for Orthopaedics. Under his direction, Riverwood was recognized as a top 100 Community Hospital in 2012 by Becker’s Hospital Review, and as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in 2012 and 2013 by the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index.


“The leadership skills Mike brings to this position will be an immediate asset to Mercy as we continue to move forward with a number of important initiatives,” said Kelly Goeb, M.D., Mercy Board chair. “Our board feels fortunate to have someone with Mike’s experience step into this position during this transition period.”


Hagen earned a bachelor’s degree from Moorhead State University, a master’s from Mankato State University, and a doctorate in education from Utah State University. During his career, he served as the director of the Montana Center for Handicapped Children, Eastern Montana College, and as administrative director of rehabilitation at Saint Vincent Hospital and Health Center–both in Billings, Montana; administrator at HealthSouth Rehabilitation at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee; and was chief executive officer of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Beaumont, Texas, just before coming to Aitkin.


In his role as Mercy Interim CEO, Hagen will facilitate initiatives currently under development, which include updating the strategic plan, overseeing the building/renovation project, and assisting in the search for a permanent CEO.


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