SSM Health Adds Five New Members to its Board of Directors

October 24, 2017

SSM Health has added five new members to its board of directors, increasing the total number of directors to 15.
“We are privileged to have an experienced and dedicated board of directors helping to guide our organization forward,” said Laura S. Kaiser, FACHE, president/chief executive officer of SSM Health. “These new members each bring unique expertise and valuable insight to our board that will help us further our Mission of providing exceptional health care services in each of the communities we serve.”
“SSM Health serves the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation,” said David Cosby, chair of the SSM Health board. “I look forward to working with these new board members as we continue to shape the future of health care, while improving the patient experience and striving to lower the total cost of care.”
The following individuals have been named as directors on the SSM Health Board, effective immediately:
Rick Corcoran is a former partner at KPMG, where he retired in 2015 after more than 38 years. While at KPMG, he was a lead audit planner and SEC reviewing partner for four offices, including the firm’s St. Louis and national offices, and the firm’s health care and life sciences practice. Corcoran also serves as a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board of Directors of Dignity Health in San Francisco. He is a national instructor for various firm training sessions and is a faculty member for accounting and auditing sessions at the annual American Institute of CPAs National Health Care Conference. Corcoran received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri - Columbia and is a licensed CPA in California and Missouri.

Kevin Johnson, MD, is the former system vice president and chief medical officer for hospital operations at SSM Health, where he retired earlier this year after 32 years of service. In this role, Dr. Johnson was responsible for patient safety, quality and regulatory compliance across 20 hospitals in four states. He led successful system-wide initiatives to prevent readmissions, sepsis, hospital acquired conditions and decrease mortality rates, and was named to Becker’s “100 Hospital and Health System CMOs to Know” in 2016 and 2017. Dr. Johnson received his bachelor’s degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He went on to receive his master’s degree in business administration from Maryville University in St. Louis.

Thomas Merfeld is the executive vice president and chief financial officer at Cuna Mutual Group in Madison, Wis., where he leads an organization of more than 200 people in the finance department and oversees enterprise strategy and planning, financial reporting, and tax management. He previously served as the chief financial officer of Savers Life Insurance Company in Kansas City. Merfeld was a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin School of Business MBA program for risk management and insurance. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in theology from the University of Iowa. Merfeld also earned a master’s degree in finance from Rockhurst University in Kansas City and a doctorate degree in theology from Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Evans Richardson is the former vice president of national state and local government operations for Boeing in St. Louis, where he retired in 2015 after 30 years of service. While at Boeing, he was responsible for shaping the company’s public policy objectives, and building and maintaining Boeing’s relationships with local stakeholders and community leaders across the United States. He serves on the board of directors of Grand Center, Inc., and has previously served on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis and several other boards throughout the St. Louis region. Richardson received a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
James Whalen is the former senior vice president of U.S. Markets for MasterCard Worldwide in St. Louis, where he retired in 2016 after 15 years. While at MasterCard, he led the relationship management strategies and operations for MasterCard’s top 77 key U.S. customers, which include industry leaders Apple and Google, with a focus on technology and new product introductions. Previously, Whalen was the senior vice president and chief financial officer for MasterCard Technologies and the vice president - business operations for Dell Computer. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Sports Commission, the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation, Maryville University and the St. Louis Zoo Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and his master’s degree in taxation from the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

About SSM Health
SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation. With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, SSM Health includes 20 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company and one Accountable Care Organization.
With more than 9,500 providers and 35,000 employees in four states, SSM Health is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record (EHR), SSM Health is a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration.
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