John M. Starcher, Jr

President & CEO


John Starcher is President & CEO of Bon Secours Mercy Health, a provider of health care solutions and services and one of the largest health systems in the U.S. and Ireland. He is accountable for setting strategy and providing leadership for the ministry and its three operational areas: digital technology, diversified growth and core operations, which includes 49 Mercy Health and Bon Secours hospitals and more than 1,200 sites of care in seven states in the U.S. and five cities in the Republic of Ireland. Bon Secours Mercy Health employs more than 60,000 people, including nearly 3,000 employed U.S. providers and 450 Irish consultants, and has pro forma net operating revenue of approximately $13 billion.

Previously, Starcher served as president and CEO of Mercy Health, the largest provider of health care in the state of Ohio. Before that, he served as president and chief executive officer of Health Management Associates (HMA), an integrated acute care delivery system with 71 hospitals across 15 states. He guided HMA through its successful sale to Community Health Systems.

Before joining HMA, Starcher served as the CEO of three of Mercy Health’s four divisions – overseeing more than 20 acute care hospitals, five long term care facilities, six home health agencies and dozens of affiliated clinical practices with more than $3 billion in net revenue. He also served as the CEO of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Region, the senior vice president of human resources and corporate associate counsel.

Starcher began his health care career in academic medicine, serving six years in leadership roles at the Medical College of Ohio, now the University of Toledo Medical Center.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Toledo. Starcher is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio and has actively served as a director on more than 25 boards.