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Prime Healthcare Services Names New CEO At St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center

The new owner of four Kansas City-area hospitals announced it had filled several executive positions.

Prime Healthcare Services, which is based in Ontario, Calif., said that Robert J. Erickson has been named CEO of St. Joseph Medical Center in south Kansas City, Mo. Erickson was president and CEO of St. Francis Health Center in Topeka for the previous five years.

Erickson replaces Mike Dorsey. A hospital spokeswoman said Dorsey decided not to stay on after the sale to Prime. She said Dorsey did not say anything about his future plans.

Before joining St. Francis, Erickson was the regional chief operating officer for Aspirus Inc., a nonprofit health system based in Wausau, Wisc.

Prime also named Debra L. Cartwright regional chief financial officer of the four Prime Healthcare hospitals in the Kansas City area – St. Joseph, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Mo.; Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.; and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan.

Cartwright was the CFO for six years of Via Christi Health in southeast Kansas. Most recently she was CFO of St. Francis Health in Topeka.

Prime also said that Deb Ohnoutka will remain as chief nursing officer for St. Joseph and St. Mary’s medical centers.

Prime said it would name a CEO for St. Mary’s at a later date.

Prime completed its acquisition of St. Joseph and St. Mary’s a few days ago. The company acquired Providence and Saint John in 2013.

Mike Sherry is a reporter for KCPT television in Kansas City, Mo., a partner in the Heartland Health Monitor team.

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