Bon Secours Health System, a Catholic health ministry serving residents across the East Coast, and Mercy Health, a Catholic health ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky, announced Monday, July 23, that John M. Starcher Jr. will serve as president and CEO of their new organization — Bon Secours Mercy Health — when the two organizations are combined this fall. Once combined, the two entities will create one of the five largest Catholic health care systems in the nation, with more than 57,000 employees and 1,000 sites of care.

Starcher, president and CEO of Mercy Health since 2013, said in a prepared statement, “Our new ministry has an exciting future before it. It is positioned to be more successful than Mercy Health and Bon Secours ever could be as separate entities. We will expand our services and programs, provide greater access in our markets to help and serve more people. We will be able to do even more for people who are poor, dying or underserved, providing almost $2 million each day in community benefit as a combined entity. I count myself blessed to be part of Catholic health care, furthering the legacy of the courageous women who began our ministries more than 100 years ago. I am truly honored that I’m being entrusted with leading our new, integrated ministry.”

Bon Secours president and CEO Rich Statuto will continue to serve Bon Secours Mercy Health as an advisor for the next year, primarily focused on strategic growth and innovation. He will retire in 2019 after a lengthy career in health care that includes serving for 24 years as the CEO of multi-state health systems, including 13 years as president and CEO of Bon Secours Health System.

The ministries’ new name — Bon Secours Mercy Health — will be used when referring to the overall ministry. Current names and brands will continue to be represented in signage, uniforms and badges of each entity.