SSM Health Names Donna Jacobs as President of St. Mary's Hospital - Audrain

Donna Jacobs - President St. Mary's Hospital - Audrain

​Mexico, MO (Nov. 9, 2015) - Following a national search, Donna Jacobs has been named President of SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Audrain. Jacobs brings more than 35 years of experience in health care, including the last 25 years in leadership roles.


She will officially begin work for SSM Health on Jan. 4, 2016, at the hospital in Mexico, Mo., where Jacobs will be responsible for establishing, maintaining, and continually improving hospital programs and health services throughout the community.

"SSM Health is excited to have Donna, who brings tremendous experience and capabilities, join our team," said Brent VanConia, President, SSM Health Mid-Missouri Region. "Her extensive leadership skills and health care expertise will be an asset to SSM Health as we continue to provide exceptional, compassionate care to the community in mid-Missouri."


Before joining SSM Health, Jacobs was Medical Center Director/CEO for the Northern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System, where she directed all aspects of planning and organizing medical and administrative operations for acute, ambulatory and rehabilitative care. In that role, Jacobs also led multiple capital improvement projects, including construction of primary care and outpatient clinics; expansion of clinical video conferencing technology; and deployment of mobile clinics across the VA's 60,000 square-mile northern Arizona service area.


Prior to her time with the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, Jacobs worked for the Lexington (Ky.) VA Medical Center, serving as Associate Director/Chief Operating Officer and then Acting Medical Center Director/CEO. She began her career as a critical care staff nurse and later served as a nurse manager in an emergency department.


Jacobs received bachelor's and master's of science degrees in nursing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She achieved certification at the Fellow level as a healthcare executive through the American College of Healthcare Executives and carries the FACHE credential. Jacobs is active in several professional, academic and community organizations. s




About SSM Health
SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation.

With care delivery sites in  Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, SSM includes 19 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company, and an Accountable Care Organization. With more than 1,300 employed physicians and nearly 30,000 employees in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record (EHR), SSM is a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration. The addition of Dean Health System in 2013 brings the number of physician visits across SSM Health Care to 4 million annually.


About SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Audrain

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Audrain is an 89-bed, regional acute-care hospital located on a 13-acre campus in Mexico, Mo. It provides a variety of specialty services including comprehensive cancer services, interventional cardiology services, advanced orthopedic care, and pulmonology services, as well as emergency care, medical imaging, and diabetes education. SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Audrain has a strong primary care presence with nine Rural Health Clinics located in six surrounding communities. The hospital is recognized as a low-cost provider in mid-Missouri and its 30-day readmission rate for heart failure patients is among the lowest in the state.


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