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Health system hires hospital president

April 10, 2019
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Hyung Kim
Hyung Kim. Courtesy Mercy Health

A local hospital has a new president.

Dr. Hyung Kim is the new leader at the 303-bed Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, starting May 6, according to Mercy Health today.

Dr. David Baumgartner, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s interim president, will return to his role as chief medical officer. The previous president, Bill Manns, is now the president of hospitals in Ann Arbor and Livingston in the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

Kim comes from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where he was senior associate dean for clinical affairs.

"Dr. Kim has been a transformative leader at Michigan State University, with expertise that runs the gamut of operations, quality, strategy and innovation," said Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr., dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine and associate provost and assistant VP for health affairs for MSU.

Previously, Kim was associate dean for clinical affairs at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and CEO of SIU HealthCare, the university’s health care system.

Shortly after completing medical school in 1998, he earned an M.B.A. to help him understand the business side of the industry, leading to leadership roles rather than roles as a practicing physician.

Kim joined the business consultancy McKinsey & Company, where he worked in retail banking, operations and post- merger management, before becoming a leader of McKinsey’s North American Payor-Provider practice.

He left McKinsey to become VP of clinical practice leadership at what is now Truven Health Analytics.

He then took the role as VP at Ascension Health in research and development, which included launching and leading the system’s internal innovation center.

This is the first time Mercy Health Saint Mary's has had a physician as president, except for Baumgartner, the current interim president.

Kim said he thinks his experiences in health care, as well as business and health academics give him a well-rounded understanding of the industry.

“I've experienced the health care system from every possible way that it can be experienced,” Kim said. “I think it's the diversity of all those experiences together that helps me understand that it really takes a team of folks to be successful doing what we are here to do in health care.”

Julie Ridenour, chair of the Mercy Health Saint Mary's board, said Kim’s “proven leadership in building alignment and leading change in complex environments poises him to lead our organization through the intricacies of health care delivery in our community."

Kim’s medical degree is from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency and M.B.A. at the University of Michigan. He also has a certification in Formation for Catholic Healthcare Ministry Leadership from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.

He is board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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