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Mercy-Des Moines names COO/chief nursing executive


Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines’ board has selected Linda Goodwin for the dual position of chief operating officer and chief nursing executive.

Goodwin is currently regional group chief nursing officer for Centura Health System’s Mountain North Denver Region. As Mercy’s chief nursing executive, she will lead nursing on all of Mercy-Des Moines’ campuses, including Mercy Medical Center-Des Moines, West Lakes, Centerville and Skiff in Newton. The newly created dual position at Mercy will include oversight of nursing quality, safety and service outcomes, along with Mercy’s daily operations.

“Linda’s leadership skills and experience in an integrated health system setting make her uniquely qualified to serve as CNE and COO,” Mercy President Karl Keeler said in a release. “Linda has distinguished herself as an innovative and collaborative leader, and I am confident she will help provide a remarkable experience for our patients and families.”

At Centura, in addition to providing regional executive nursing leadership for six hospitals — including a Level One trauma center in Denver — she also serves as the administrative leader for multiple clinical services. Goodwin begins at Mercy on June 1.

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