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.
Patricia 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
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.