Two executives with Mercy have announced they will be taking an early retirements as a way to help the health system deal with a loss of funding connected to the COVID-19 outbreak.
John Swope and Dr. Fred McQueary will retire at the end of June.
Swope, a senior vice president and regional president of Central Communities, began his career at Mercy at age 19 as a transporter. He became one of the first technicians in the hospital’s burn unit. He also served as president of Mercy Springfield Communities.
Swope’s entire 40-year professional career has been spent working at Mercy.
“Working at Mercy has been one of the greatest blessings of my life,” Swope said in a statement. “I’m so glad I never said no to any position, because it’s enabled me to serve alongside so many incredible people.”
Dr. Fred McQueary spent 34 years as an orthopedic surgeon. He has been serving as executive vice president and chief clinical officer.
Dr. McQueary was a key figure in the development of a multidisciplinary spine center for Mercy, and was a founding member of the Mercy Clinic in 1993.
“These leaders have served Mercy well over so many years,” Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy, said in a statement. “Our ministry is richer for their service and their sacrificial leadership at a crucial time.”