JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Sean Hogan, President of Mercy South in St. Louis, has been honored with the Missouri Hospital Association’s Visionary Leadership Award. Hogan was recognized for his efforts to stabilize and build the hospital workforce. The award was presented Nov. 2 at MHA’s 101st Annual Convention in St. Louis.
“Sean’s vision for stabilizing and expanding the workforce at Mercy Hospital South exemplifies how innovation, stakeholder engagement and determination can support care while creating a path for future nurses,” said Jon D. Doolittle, MHA President and CEO. “The two efforts he championed supported the incumbent workforce while creating new opportunities for future workers and expanded health educational programs. In addition to the benefit to Mercy Hospital South and the Mercy health system, these are efforts that can be replicated to support and expand the hospital workforce broadly.”
In November 2019, under Hogan’s leadership, Mercy South established an International Nurse Program. At the time, the hospital had an approximately 25% vacancy rate for staff nurses. Since inception, Mercy South vacancy rates have dropped precipitously — from approximately 250 vacancies to 80. The International Nurse Program model, championed by Hogan, currently is expanding throughout Mercy’s system across four states.
In late 2021 and early 2022, Hogan helped provide the vision for a workforce pipeline program known as “Win from Within.” The system provides enrolled and prospective students who commit to a health care career with tuition and fees, uniforms, and other associated costs. The program was implemented in August 2022 in partnership with St. Louis Community College at a single campus. Currently, two additional campuses are actively engaged, with progress toward a third. The program is being expanded to include respiratory therapy, and program development for imaging technology students also is underway.
“This award is really a reflection of the outstanding work by a team of great leaders and co-workers at Mercy South,” said Hogan. “I can’t do any of this alone; it takes all of us together to implement these kinds of programs. I’m grateful to be surrounded by an excellent team that provides such great support for our hospital and the entire community.”
Hogan joined St. Anthony’s Medical Center in September 2018 shortly before the hospital’s transition to Mercy Hospital South. Before joining Mercy, he worked at SSM Health for 19 years serving in various roles, including the last seven years as president of SSM Health DePaul Hospital. He worked for Providence Health System in Portland, Ore., before returning home to the St. Louis area.
Hogan earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degrees in business administration and health administration from Saint Louis University.
A video honoring Hogan is available here.
Photo caption: Sean Hogan, President of Mercy South in St. Louis (left), is presented MHA’s Visionary Leadership Award by Rich Liekweg, President and CEO of BJC HealthCare and MHA Board Chair (right).
The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association in Jefferson City that represents 140 Missouri hospitals. In addition to representation and advocacy on behalf of its membership, the association offers continuing education programs on current health care topics and seeks to educate the public about health care issues.