Sean Williams named new CEO of Mercy Iowa City

Mercy Hospital in Iowa City on Friday, May 9, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Mercy Hospital in Iowa City on Friday, May 9, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The Mercy Health Network has named a new leader of Mercy Iowa City.

Sean Williams has been named as the president and CEO of Mercy Iowa City effective May 1, the unified Catholic health network announced Friday.

Williams has served in his current role as president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Clinton for the past eight years,

He’s also previously served as CEO of Jones Regional Medical Center, the Anamosa-based hospital within the UnityPoint network, where he led during the 2009 construction of its newest $13 million facility.

“(Williams) has made significant contributions to Mercy Health Network and to the excellence of our Clinton ministry,” said Mercy Health Network President and CEO Bob Ritz in the news release. “With his proven track record of leadership and deep understanding of our values and mission, he is uniquely qualified and we are pleased to elevate his talents to serve Mercy Iowa City.”

Williams comes to the private hospital one year after the retirement of longtime leader Ronald Reed in March 2016. Reed, who led the hospital as CEO and president for 21 years, died last month at age 64 after a long illness.

Mercy Iowa City Interim CEO Shane Cerone, along with Chief Operating Officer Casey Greene, will assist in the transition, according to the news release.

While the 234-bed hospital struggled with low inpatient occupancy in the past — which ultimately led to layoffs among the staff this past September — officials have remained confident in its ability to hold its own against the goliath competition next door, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.


“(Williams is an outstanding, mission-driven leader, who will build on our success and help us continue to strengthen our long-standing tradition of delivering high-quality and compassionate care,” said Mercy Iowa City Board Chair Mark Phillips in the news release.

Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Loras College in Dubuque and his masters of health care administration at Des Moines University.

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