Mercy Springfield President Steele Announces Move to Arkansas

By KOLR10 News

Published 03/28 2014 05:35PM

Updated 03/28 2014 09:08PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – President of Mercy Hospital and pediatrician Dr. Robert W. Steele says he’s heading home after 17 years of service at Mercy.

In a news statement on Friday, Steele announced he has accepted the position of chief strategy officer at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Ark.

It’s the hospital where his father served as a pediatric infectious disease doctor and where Steele spent summers doing research in the lab, according to the statement.

“I love Mercy, and I have really enjoyed my time here,” says Steele. “But when an offer came to work alongside a childhood friend, in a city I consider to be home, and where my wife has family, I just couldn’t turn it down.”

Steele will be with Mercy until May 2.

Jon Swope, president of Mercy’s Central Region, will assume interim duties as president of Mercy Hospital Springfield during the transition period, while continuing his role as president of Mercy’s Central Region.

Dr. Alan Scarrow will continue his role as president of Mercy Clinic Springfield, and Jay Guffey will continue to lead as senior vice president and chief operating officer for Mercy Hospital Springfield.

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