David Argueta, president of Mercy Hospitals Springfield, talks about staff providing a high level of medical care at the 2023 Health Care Outlook. (Photo by Shannon Cay)

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Mercy announced two leadership changes that will help the hospital system grow in the Southwest Missouri region.

David Argueta, president of Mercy Springfield Communities, was promoted to regional president of Mercy Southwest Missouri Communities, according to a April 3 company press release. Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Springfield Communities John Myers stepped into Argueta's previous role of community president.

John Myers, formerly Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Springfield Communities, is the new president of Mercy Springfield Communities. (Photo submitted)

The promotions fit into a larger, strategic growth plan for Mercy, allowing the company to meet the needs of a diverse patient population in the region, according to the press release. The hospital system is expanding in the region and will soon include patients in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Argueta will provide strategic guidance for a regional approach, according to the press release. His role will involve understanding the community needs across the region. Mercy's Southwest Missouri position includes 27,000 square miles and more than 200 care sites.

“Creating a regional approach allows us to lead all facilities in the region in a coordinated manner and deepen existing services while we also grow into communities such as Pittsburg, Kansas,” Argueta said in the press release.

Myers joined Mercy in 2022 as chief operating officer in Springfield, according to the release. Before joining Mercy, he served as chief operating officer at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.

“I’ve worked in various health care systems, and I’ve seen firsthand how this region is different,” Myers wrote in the press release. “This is a hub for medical care for thousands of patients, and we keep growing.”

“I’m honored and excited to be part of that growth and to help Mercy meet the changing needs of the patients who rely on us here in Springfield and beyond throughout the larger region.”

Ryan Collins

Ryan Collins is the business and economic development reporter for the Hauxeda. Collins graduated from Glendale High School in 2011 before studying journalism and economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He previously worked for Bloomberg News. Contact him at (417) 849-2570 or rcollins@hauxeda.com. More by Ryan Collins