John Starcher oversees the development of system strategies and operations for all 23 Mercy Health hospitals and the clinically integrated network across Ohio and Kentucky. The ministry offers a full range of acute and post-acute services which treat 6.3 million patients annually through nearly 500 practice locations. Mercy Health employs more than 33,500 people, including 1,300 employed providers, and has net operating revenue of more than $4 billion.
Mr. Starcher was the former president and chief executive officer of Health Management Associates (HMA), an integrated acute care delivery system with 71 hospitals across 15 states. He guided HMA through its successful sale to Community Health Systems. Prior to becoming HMA president and CEO, Mr. Starcher served as president of HMA’s Eastern Group.
Before joining HMA, Mr. Starcher served as the CEO of three of Mercy Health’s four divisions – overseeing more than 20 acute care hospitals, five long term care facilities, six home health agencies and dozens of affiliated clinical practices with more than $3 billion in net revenue. He also served as the CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region, the senior vice president of Human Resources and corporate associate general counsel. Mr. Starcher began his healthcare career in academic medicine, serving six years in leadership roles at the Medical College of Ohio, now the University of Toledo Medical Center.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Toledo. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and has actively served as a director on more than 16 boards.