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Mercy College Announces New President, Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D.

Mercy College of Health Sciences Announces Third President, Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D.

Douglas J. FioreFINAL.jpgDes Moines, Iowa (February 23, 2018) – Mercy College of Health Sciences Board of Directors has named Douglas J. Fiore, Ph.D., to serve as the College’s next president. Fiore will succeed Barbara Quijano Decker, J.D., who announced her retirement in August 2017 after 12 years of leading Mercy College. Fiore will be working with President Decker in a period of onboarding to enable a seamless transition. Effective June 10, 2018, Fiore will begin his new role as President of the College.

245 Students from 72 Cities Earn Academic Honors

Congratulations to all 245 Mercy College students who earned academic honors for the Fall 2017 semester. 


To qualify for the President's List, students must attain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 or higher, in their most recent semester, for a minimum of six credit hours.

Experience Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle with Mercy Alumni

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Find inspiration throughout this once in a lifetime adventure as you visit the places where Paul the Apostle lived and preached.

Join the Mercy College Alumni Association and friends of Mercy College as we retrace the missionary journey of the Apostle Paul, prolific writer of the New Testament letters.

Former Mercy President, CEO & School of Nursing Director Patricia Clare Sullivan has died

Patricia Clare Sullivan, who served as President and CEO of Des Moines’ longest continually operating hospital — Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines — has died at the age of 89 at The Villages near Orlando, Fla., following a brief illness.

PCSullivan (1).jpgPatricia Clare Sullivan, who loved nursing and all she cared for, served 15 years as president and CEO from 1977 – 1993. She retired in 1993 following a career that included many roles at Mercy – Des Moines, Mercy College of Health Sciences and Mercy Medical Center – Centerville. She continued to serve Mercy as the head of external affairs through 1995. Sullivan was director of the Mercy School of Nursing, predecessor to Mercy College, from 1960
to 1964.

Under Patricia Clare’s guidance, Mercy grew into a state-of-the-art medical center and one of Iowa’s largest employers. Mercy became a regional referral center and developed a reputation as a leader in many clinical specialties — including heart care. During her tenure, the development of the Mercy Clinics’ system began, a new Bishop Drumm Retirement Center campus was constructed in Johnston, and the House of Mercy opened on Clark Street to provide women in need with housing, education and access to health care in a nurturing and safe environment.