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Mercy NWA names new chief operating officer

Andy Thompson has been named the new chief operating officer for Mercy Clinics in Northwest Arkansas. Thompson takes on his new role as Mercy is set to open two new clinics in the fall of 2014.

Thompson joined Mercy in 2005 with a role in clinic administration in Springfield, Mo. He later served as executive director of finance for Mercy Hot Springs with responsibilities for Mercy Ft. Smith and Mercy Northwest Arkansas. 

“It is a challenging yet exciting time to be in health care, and Andy’s background and experience is well suited as we prepare and plan how to best serve our patients and community,” said Dr. Steve Goss, president at Mercy Clinic. “I heard someone say the other day that Mercy is just popping up everywhere. It’s our job as health care leaders to make sure we are ‘popping up’ where our community really needs us and where we can have the greatest impact. Andy will be a tremendous asset as we move our clinic operations forward.”

Thompson is replacing Steve Hughes, who has served as chief operations officer for the past six years. Although retiring from this particular position, Hughes will continue part-time project assignments in nearby Mercy communities.

“Our clinic operations have seen signification growth under Steve’s direction,” Goss added. “We are stronger today because of him and are so pleased Mercy will continue to benefit from his leadership.”

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