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Paul Patton and Sally Davis
Join Mercy Health Human Resources Leadership Team

Chief Talent Officer Paul Patton joined Mercy Health on September 19 with a strong background in human resources, labor relations, government affairs and marketing and communications. He most recently served as vice president of Human Resources and Administration at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.  You may learn more about Paul’s background by clicking here.


Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of Executive Talent Acquisition Sally Davis joined Mercy Health in August and has quickly become entrenched in a variety of key initiatives across the ministry.  She has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit and corporate administration and leadership, most recently serving as managing director of Foundation Relations at Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. You may learn more about  Sally’s background by clicking here.

Roper St. Francis Hires National Leader as First-Ever Chief Diversity Officer

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Aug. 22, 2016) Roper St. Francis has selected a nationally recognized expert as its first-ever leader dedicated to cultivating diversity and inclusion.


Mary “Toni” Flowers will join the Lowcountry’s largest healthcare system for adults on Sept. 6 as a vice president and chief diversity officer.


“I am thrilled to not only live in one of the most desirable cities in the world, but to join a healthcare system that places such value on teammates and patients’ spiritual, cultural and emotional needs,” Flowers said.


As part of the healthcare system’s senior leadership team, Flowers will report directly to the president and chief executive officer of Roper St. Francis.


“Toni has been recognized in her community and nationally as a leader who has addressed healthcare inequities among under-served populations,” said David Dunlap, president and chief executive officer of Roper St. Francis. “Her experience is a perfect complement to our focus on community outreach and our mission of ‘healing all people with compassion, faith and excellence.’ ”


Flowers is president and chief executive officer of ETHOS Worldwide, which is a Michigan-based consulting, leadership development and coaching firm specializing in change management.


She’s also a faculty member, executive coach and executive committee member of the Institute for Diversity, which is an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. In this capacity, she has been an adviser to diversity leaders of hospitals and healthcare systems nationally and has assisted in the creation of organizational diversity and disparity strategic action plans.


Flowers was honored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for her work in developing and implementing a three-year, statewide program that achieved the greatest national reduction in healthcare disparities. Flowers is also a nurse and medical anthropologist.


About Roper St. Francis: 
Roper St. Francis is Charleston’s only private, not-for-profit hospital system with a specific focus on community outreach. The healthcare system has three hospitals strategically located across the region: Roper Hospital on the Charleston peninsula, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital in Mount Pleasant. The system is building a fourth flagship hospital in the Carnes Crossroads section of Berkeley County. 

Roper St. Francis is one of the Lowcountry's largest private employers with more than 5,400 employees. The healthcare system has a robust, active medical staff of more than 800 doctors representing every medical specialty and provides services in more than 125 locations in seven counties. Learn more at

Advancing a Culture of Mutual Respect During Polarizing Current Affairs

Main Line Health President and CEO Jack Lynch calls on every member of Pennsylvania’s hospital community to remain a steady beacon of strength, kindness, and hope. “Our compassionate, life-saving work transcends political beliefs, violence, and the news of the day for the patients who trust us with their health and healing.” Read more: