Tim Johnsen has resigned as president of Mercy in Hot Springs, effective Dec. 7. Johnsen has accepted the position of president of Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Kim Day, president of Mercy’s central region which includes Arkansas, will serve as interim president in Hot Springs. According to a statement released by the hospital, Day will provide leadership until the planned transfer of Mercy Hot Springs to Capella Healthcare is finalized.

That merger was formally announced in September after an “agreement in principle” was disclosed in April.

Johnsen joined Mercy in Hot Springs in 2006 as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was named president in 2008. He served as president of St. John’s Hospital–Lebanon (now Mercy Hospital Lebanon) from 2003 to 2006.

“We regret Tim’s departure from Mercy and are appreciative of the strong leadership he has provided over many years,” said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and CEO. “Tim has led our ministry in Hot Springs through successes in quality and customer satisfaction achievements, and in recent years through the challenges of an increasingly competitive healthcare environment.  We wish him well in his future pursuits.”

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