November 2002

Meet the Leader of Carrington Health Center,
Carrington, ND and
Mercy Hospital, Valley City, ND

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Johnson Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer
Carrington Health Center
Carrington, ND
Mercy Hospital
Valley City, ND

Johnson Smith recently became president and chief executive officer for Carrington Health Center, Carrington, N.D., and Mercy Hospital, Valley City, N. D., two critical access hospitals located approximately 80 miles apart. The hospitals are combining some leadership positions in an effort to maximize efficiencies and promote synergies. "The staff is extraordinarily cooperative and flexible," said Smith. "I feel very fortunate to work with such committed individuals."

Smith believes it will be a wonderful experience to work with Carrington and Valley City to identify local needs. "We want both communities to be actively involved in developing the futures of their hospitals," said Smith. "We are here to improve the health of Carrington and Valley City and that can only be achieved with everyone’s cooperation."

Through Catholic Health Initiatives’ sponsorship, Carrington and Mercy have the resources to respond to the communities’ needs. "By being part of Catholic Health Initiatives, our facilities have access to a depth of resources that enable us to develop immediate, appropriate responses for local healthcare issues," explained Smith.

Smith has been working in health care for more than 30 years. Before he joined Carrington Health Center and Mercy Hospital, Smith was the administrator for St. Anthony’s Health Care Center in Morrilton, Ark., another Catholic Health Initiatives’ facility. During his 22-year tenure at St. Anthony’s, Smith was responsible for the operations of the 87-bed general acute care hospital, five clinics, two adult day care centers, hospice and a home health agency. Prior to working at St. Anthony’s, Smith was the associate administrator at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, San Francisco, Calif., a 550-bed general acute care hospital.

Smith graduated from Utah State University, Logan, Utah, with a bachelor of arts in fine arts and Spanish. He received his master’s in public health and hospital administration from Tulane University, New Orleans, La. He and his wife, Rhea, have been married for 31 years. They have six children and five grandchildren.