Carrie Jankowski Appointed President of Mercy Health – Allen Hospital

Mercy Health – Allen Hospital welcomed Carrie Jankowski as its new president in January 2022. Jankowski hopes to increase community involvement and outreach in her new position.

Jankowski has worked with Mercy Health for 25 years and served as vice president ancillary and support immediately prior to serving as president.

“I felt that I was right for the role, so I accepted [it] and thought it was a fabulous opportunity and the next step in my career,” she said.

In this new position, one of her main goals is to ensure that the hospital remains accessible to community members. She emphasized the importance of outreach and education about the hospital’s resources and stressed that Mercy Health has plenty of services to offer the community despite the hospital’s small size.

“I really believe that I need to help educate the community on what we offer here and develop those relationships,” she said. “I think that part of that is just reaching out to the community and ensuring that they know what Mercy Health has to offer and that they can stay close to home and get the care they need.”

Jankowski also wants to expand hospital service offerings to adapt to community needs. She mentioned increasing the emergency department’s surgical volume and ensuring that the hospital has an adequate number of specialists with regular office hours. Jankowski also wants to make sure Mercy Health stays up to date with new medical technology.

A challenge Jankowski anticipates facing is staff shortages, which, according to her, have been exacerbated by early retirements and COVID-19.

“I want to make sure that I not only engage the community but engage all the associates so that we keep staff here,” she said.

Besides naming Jankowski as president, Mercy Health has made other recent changes in its leadership, spurred by the retirement of former Lorain Market President Ed Oley in January. Mercy Health has created a new cross-market team that will oversee Mercy Health locations in Youngstown and Lorain.

“The two markets already share leaders for mission, legal services, and human resources,” read a December press release about the reorganization. “As the Lorain and Youngstown teams have worked closely together with various shared services, they have found efficiencies and similarities upon which we can build to further strengthen and align for the future.”

The press release also assured readers that the changes will be implemented as seamlessly as possible.

“In the coming weeks, each of these leaders will be collaborating with their respective teams to ensure a smooth transition,” stated the press release. “This leadership evolution will provide deeper support for both markets, which will enhance performance, efficiency, and service to our communities.”