Posted 3/12/2018 in News
~~Centerville, IA – Clint Christianson, President of Mercy Medical Center – Centerville, announced his plans to retire from the hospital on August 15, 2018, after 21 years in the Mercy system.
Christianson came to Centerville in 2004 and will be one of the longest serving administrators in the hospital’s history. “It’s been an honor and privilege for me to carry on the Sisters of Mercy mission in the community - 118 years,” Christianson said. “This hospital has an incredible heritage of service, and it is personally meaningful to be part of it and work alongside our dedicated physicians, practitioners and employees."
Mike Craver, Chairman of the hospital board praised Christianson’s service. “In my time on the Mercy Board, Clint has provided tremendous leadership and direction with kindness. The Mercy hospital and clinic, as well as the general healthcare system in Appanoose County, is well positioned for the future due in large part to Clint’s efforts,” he said.
Under Christianson’s leadership, the hospital experienced significant growth and success as one of the state’s most successful rural hospitals. Reflecting on the past 14 years, Christianson is proud of the hospital’s dramatic increase in financial stability. “Our success sets up forward progress on a significant building and renovation project in areas of the hospital needing to be updated,” he said. Construction on the first phase, a new medical clinic for fifteen practitioners, will begin this spring and is slated for completion at the end of the year.
Christianson said he is also proud of his work to improve relations with the physicians and medical staff. During his tenure the hospital acquired the former Centerville Medical Clinic and consolidated it with the hospital's physician clinic under one roof, also obtaining rural health clinic status. He successfully recruited new physicians and practitioners, increasing the number of providers available in the community. Christianson added a hospitalist program to manage inpatient care on site seven days a week, improving care coordination and increasing patient and family access to the care provider in-house.
Recently, he was instrumental in establishing the area's only Quick Care service to provide after hours and weekend coverage to the community for non-emergency care. “Over the years we also expanded outpatient services to include dialysis, sleep study, and orthopedic services to name a few," Christianson added.
During Christianson's tenure, the hospital advanced its quality and safety receiving a 2017 Health Grades Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. In its most recent accreditation survey, Mercy Centerville received zero deficiencies for the first time, and the hospital's employee satisfaction is consistently one of the highest in the Catholic Health Initiatives system.
Christianson currently serves on the Iowa Hospital Association Board of Directors and Midwest Rural Telemedicine Board and previously served on the Iowa Hospital Education Research Foundation, Midwest Telemedicine Board and River Hills Community Health Center Board. Locally he’s been active in community organizations serving on the Appanoose Economic Development Board, Rotary Board and Chamber of Commerce Board.