Brian Smith, Chief Operating Officer, Bon Secours Mercy Health

Brian Smith

President & COO


As president and chief operating officer, Brian Smith oversees Bon Secours Mercy Health operations across the ministry. He is responsible for the operational management of the ministry’s core operating regions, which includes one in Ireland. In addition, he oversees key functions including nursing, pharmacy, lab, quality and clinical effectiveness, as well as post-acute services and all shared services.

Smith previously served as chief operating officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health. In a prior role, he was CEO of the ministry’s north division. He also held the position of executive vice president/chief operating officer with St. Rita’s Health Partners in Lima, which included two hospitals, four physician joint ventures and a wholly owned physician enterprise.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. He received a master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University.

Smith is a member of the Ohio Hospital Association Board of Directors and the Advisory Board for the James Dicke College of Business Administration at Ohio Northern University. He is past chairman of the board of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Smith has been recognized by Modern Healthcare with its “Up and Comers” award, and the Cincinnati Business Courier named him “2017 Chief Operating Officer of the Year.” He previously served on the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Summa Health System Board of Directors and the Mercy College of Ohio Board of Trustees.