Brief rundown of facts and figures related to Cincinnati-based Mercy Health Network.

Mercy Health-Springfield selects new COO, Chief of Nursing

Mercy Health has appointed two experienced healthcare professionals to serve as chief nursing officer and chief operating officer for its Springfield operation.

Both will assume their new roles this month and will report to Adam Groshans, the president of Springfield Regional Medical Center.

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Rhonda Beane was named chief nursing officer for Mercy Health-Springfield, while Chris Howe is the new chief operating officer.

Both start their new positions this month.

“Their mix of skills and experience will help us continue to provide excellent care to our patients while poising us for successful growth in services and geographically,” Groshans said in a news release.

Beane is in charge of the health network’s nurses and nurse managers in the Springfield area. She is responsible for facilitating the design and implementing the delivery of patient care as well as looking at ways to improve services, according to representatives of Mercy Health.

Howe will be tasked with providing oversight over hospital operations as well as multiple clinical and support departments in the area. He is replacing Groshans, who was appointed president of Springfield Regional in August.

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Howe previously served as the chief executive officer of Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill, West Virginia, according to representatives of Mercy Health.

Beane will be replacing Elaine Storrs, who accepted a role in another state earlier this year. Before coming to Springfield, Beane was in charge of surgical services for the St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

She was in charge of supervising a staff of 400 who cared for approximately 17,000 patients a year, according to a news release from Mercy Health.

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