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Mercy Hospital gets new CEO

Brandon Mencini began his two-decade health care career working as an EMT in Lakewood
New Mercy Hospital CEO Brandon Mencini has spent 20 years working in the health care industry.

Centura Health announced this week it has hired a new CEO to oversee Mercy Hospital.

Brandon Mencini is expected to join the Durango hospital on Oct. 17.

Mencini brings 20 years of health care experience to the new position.

Mencini, who grew up in the Denver area, earned his Master of Health Administration from Webster University and his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Colorado before transitioning into the health care industry.

Before working with Centura, Mencini was the chief operating officer for Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. Before that, he started his two-decade health care career working as an EMT at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.

“Working as an EMT gave me a wider breadth of what medicine was all about,” Mencini said in an interview with Denver Business Journal. “I saw the full gamut of gunshot wounds, car accidents, strokes, patients in cardiac arrest.”

According to a news release from Centura Health, Mencini is proud to build dynamic relationships rooted in a lifetime of service in health care with an eye toward the future.

“During this endemic stage of COVID-19, the healthcare industry continues to evolve,” Mencini said in the release. “It’s imperative that we stay innovative in our approach to care within our region. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from Mercy Hospital’s rich history and the deep-rooted community of patients, staff, physicians and neighbors of the Four Corners region, pairing innovation and history to continue exceptional care for decades to come.”

A spokeswoman for Centura Health did not return a phone call seeking comment.

molsen@durangoherald.com

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