Mercy Medical Center Sioux City
Mercy Announces Retirement of President and CEO, Robert J. Peebles
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Robert (Bob) J. Peebles, President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center – Sioux City (Mercy), has announced his plans to retire effective April 1, according to Mercy Health Network President and CEO David Vellinga. Peebles made his formal announcement to the Mercy Medical Center (Mercy) – Sioux City Board of Directors at its regular meeting this morning.

“Bob is an accomplished executive devoted to the Catholic health care ministry,” Vellinga noted. “Through his insight and leadership, Bob made numerous contributions to Mercy and to the Siouxland area during the past five years.”

Under Peebles’ leadership and direction, Mercy continued to extend its healing ministry to the poor – particularly those individuals who are homeless, have no support networks, and have no voice regarding access to care. Consistent with Mercy's Mission and Values, a notable achievement was Peebles’ leadership in supporting the Welcome Home Project, a shelter for homeless families.

With a relentless focus on the Triple Aim initiatives for improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing costs of health care, Peebles had a significant impact on per unit costs through improvements in productivity by means of work redesign and attrition. To better serve the needs of people throughout Siouxland, Bob supported the recruitment of additional cardiologists and a cardiothoracic surgeon to Mercy. The new group of physicians, Mercy Cardiology, continues to grow and make a difference in local access to quality heart care. Peebles also was instrumental in fostering a strong partnership between Mercy and the Siouxland Surgery Center physician partners.

“Serving as a leader at Mercy – Sioux City has been one of the greatest honors of my professional career,” Peebles said. “When you’re surrounded by wonderful people doing such outstanding work every day, it’s not easy to make the decision to retire. However, I’m able to do so with every confidence the Mercy team and its system affiliates will do a great job of continuing to move the organization forward under new leadership. Everyone here will be in my thoughts and prayers, always.”

Vellinga noted a transition plan will be developed immediately which will include interim leadership and formation of a committee to lead the search for Peebles’ permanent replacement.

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