Current GVL, CHS leadership to remain in place at St. Francis despite merger
Jul 27, 2018 09:50AM
● By Chris Haire
Craig McCoy, CEO of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville
In Greenville, Craig McCoy will continue to serve as CEO of the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, and Lorraine L. Lutton will remain president and CEO of the Roper St. Francis Health System.
Earlier this week, the companies announced their new name -- Bon Secours Mercy Health -- and a new CEO, current Mercy Health president and CEO, John M. Starcher, Jr.
Starcher, Jr., will lead a combined health system of nearly 60,000 employees, 43 hospitals, and 1,000 care sites and serve an estimated 10 million patients a year.
After 13 years as president and CEO of Bon Secours Health System, Rich Statuto will retire in 2019.
Lutton spent 24 years with BayCare Health System in central Florida, eventually rising to president of the system’s St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa, before taking the helm as the first female CEO of the 150-year-old not-for-profit health care system in Charleston.
Before McCoy's administrative career began, he served as a Greenville County paramedic. He says that seven-year stint as a paramedic taught him a lot about life. After graduating from Furman, he says he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, so he went to paramedic school and started working for Greenville County. He says the experience exposed him to impoverished areas of the community that he didn’t know existed.
“I think the biggest thing it taught me was the importance of consistently being yourself regardless of where you are or who are interacting with, across all socio-economic scales,” McCoy recalls. “A lot of human needs are the same. I learned to be yourself and to do what you can to help other people.”
The merger of of Mercy Health and Bon Secours isn't the only new partnership that will impact the Upstate.
John McCurry and Holly Fisher contributed to this report.