Leadership

Michael McCurry

President / Mercy Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Mike McCurry has served the Mercy health ministry since 1988. Since 2009, he has been executive vice president and chief operating officer. He added the concurrent position of President of St. Anthony's in June 2017. Previously, he concurrently served as president of Mercy Hospital St. Louis from 2010 to 2011 and also as regional president of Mercy’s East Communities from 2010 to March 2012. Prior to that, he served as vice president/chief information officer and as president of Mercy’s supply chain operating division, Resource Optimization and Innovation (ROi). Mike began his career with Mercy in Springfield, Mo., and served in various operational roles for 12 years.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southwest Missouri State University.

Donn Sorensen

Mercy Executive Vice President of Operations

Donn Sorensen has served Mercy since 2000. In April 2017, he was named executive vice president of operations for the health ministry. Prior roles include president of Mercy’s east Missouri region (2012-2017) and vice president/COO of Mercy Clinic, also in the east region (2011-2012). Donn previously served in Mercy’s Springfield, Missouri, region, where he was executive vice president with responsibility for Mercy’s hospitals and services in Springfield, Missouri and surrounding communities, as well as senior vice president/COO for Mercy Clinic in southwestern Missouri.
 
Donn has more than 25 years of experience in health care, having served with Premier Practice Management (a national practice operations organization), several specialty and multispecialty groups in Nashville, Tennessee, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He holds a master’s in business administration from Missouri State University.
 
In addition to his contributions to Mercy, Donn is a longtime board member of the AMGA, an organization that represents some of the country’s largest health care delivery systems, and is serving a second term as chair for the AMGA’s board of directors. He also chairs the Make-A-Wish Missouri board of directors and the St. Louis board of directors for Care to Learn.

Bill Hoefer

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Hoefer joined St. Anthony's in 2015 after serving as the Chief Operating Officer at Saint Louis University Hospital. His primary goals include ensuring clinicians, staff, and patients have a safe clinical environment; developing and maintaining systems to ensure patients receive high quality services; and working with hospital leadership to maintain a work environment that current and prospective employees and physicians enjoy, and that allows physicians, nurses, and other clinicians to provide cutting edge services to our extended community. His previous experience includes being President of St. Clare Health Center, Executive Leader for Neurosciences for SSM St. Louis, and Vice President of Operations at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Washington University School of Medicine.

Rajesh Swaminathan, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Rajesh Swaminathan, MD, rejoined St. Anthony's Medical Center in 2017 when he accepted the position of Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Swaminathan brings more than 16 years of experience as an intensivist and medical director in the St. Louis area, including previously spending two years at St. Anthony’s as a hospitalist/intensivist. He previously served as the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill. Dr. Swaminathan is board certified in both internal medicine and critical care medicine. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, completed his residency at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, and completed his fellowship in critical care at Mercy and Saint Louis University.

Cheryl Matejka

Chief Financial Officer, Mercy East Communities

Cheryl Matejka has served the Mercy health ministry since 2006. In 2009, she assumed her current role as Chief Financial Officer for the Mercy East Communities, which includes St. Anthony’s and all the other Mercy facilities and clinics in the greater St. Louis area. She provides leadership oversight for financial reporting, operational and capital planning & analysis, decision support and various operational areas. Matejka joined Mercy from BJC Healthcare, where she served in a variety of financial roles. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Evangel University (Springfield, Mo.), and earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. She currently serves as a member of the Catholic Health Association’s finance committee and the John Cook School of Business Executive Advisory Board.

Christopher Bowe, MD

President of St. Anthony's Physician Organization (SAPO)

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Dr. Bowe completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. He joined St. Anthony’s medical staff in 1999, and has been involved in numerous care management and quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Bowe has been named a Gold Level Quality Partner by Primaris, the federally designated Medical Quality Improvement Organization for Missouri.

Carol Ellis, DNP, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Vice President of Nursing

Carol Ellis has more than 30 years of nursing experience at St. Anthony’s, from float nurse to management. Most recently, she served as Director of Nursing Operations. She has also served as a nurse consultant, reviewing nursing operations at hospitals across the U.S. She is immediate past-President of the Council of Nurse Leaders of Greater St. Louis and a member of the Missouri Nurse Leaders Association. Ellis earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chamberlain College of Nursing, earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing Leadership from Webster University and is a Certified Nurse Executive.

Dennis Holter

Vice President of Business Development, Marketing & Charitable Foundation

Dennis Holter is a healthcare and education executive with more than 30 years of fund raising, communications, marketing, and management experience. Prior to joining St. Anthony’s, he was the Chief Advancement Officer and Director of Corporate and Industry Relations for the American Optometric Association, and he previously served as President of the SSM St. Mary’s Health Center Foundation. He earned his B.A. from the University of South Dakota and an M.Ed from Idaho State University.

Kadi Montez

Vice President of Information Services

Kadi Montez brings more than 15 years of health information technology experience to St. Anthony’s. Her leadership and clinical experience allows her to lead large teams of co-workers through complex health care projects. Kadi joined St. Anthony’s in 2012 after serving as the Director of Health Informatics Management Systems for Saint Louis University, and earned a promotion in 2017 to her current position. She holds a Bachelor of Science in both physical therapy and psychology from Stony Brook University, and earned a Masters in Healthcare Administration and a Masters in Health Informatics from the University of Missouri.

Laura Frame

Vice President of Risk Management

Frame has been with St. Anthony's since 2002. She earned her Bachelors of Science from Maryville University and her Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law. She has previously worked as a Risk Management Coordinator and a Nursing Coordinator for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Jim Snider

St. Anthony's Physician Organization (SAPO) Chief Operating Officer

Snider joined St. Anthony’s in October 2014 from Community Health Systems where he most recently held the position of Vice President of Physician Practice Management for Heartland Regional Medical Center and Crossroads Community Hospital. Previous to this role, Snider spent ten years with Carle Foundation Hospital as Administrative Director of Regional Health Services. He holds a masters degree from Western Illinois University.

Kathy Coombs

Executive Director of Human Resources

Kathy Coombs leads St. Anthony's team of human resources professionals. She works to ensure St. Anthony's hires the most qualified career candidates and provides competitive pay, benefits and training for our employees. She has more than 25 years of experience in human resources with focus in the areas of compensation, benefits and HRIS. Coombs earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Maryville University in St. Louis. She also holds a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) certification from World at Work and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Managment (SHRM).