Michael O'Leary Named Administrator of St. Dominic's Mississippi  Heart Institute

Michael O'Leary assumed the role of Administrator of St. Dominic's Mississippi Heart Institute (MHI) on January 5 announced Trace Swartzfager, St. Dominic's Vice President of Professional Services.

O'Leary is responsible for operations and growth initiatives for MHI, one of the southeast's leading cardiovascular programs. He will work closely with a staff of 24 cardiologists, three cardiovascular surgeons and numerous clinical professionals throughout the entire cardiovascular continuum of care.

Prior to joining St. Dominic's, O'Leary served as Assistant Vice President at Covenant Heart and Vascular Institute in Lubbock, Texas. He gained over two decades of cardiovascular service line administration experience in similar positions throughout his career which include serving as Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Joseph's Mercy at Macomb in Clinton Township, MI; Vice President of Cardiovascular Services at St. Vincent's Charity Hospital in Cleveland, OH and Director of Cardiopulmonary Services at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, MO.  He received a Master of Arts degree from Webster University in St. Louis and a Bachelor's degree from Park University in Parkville, MO.

Swartzfager said O'Leary's placement in the administrative role at MHI in its 35th year of operation would help propel the hospital's cardiovascular service line to greater heights.  "Mike's rich background and experience will serve as a catalyst as we seek innovative, strategic and patient-centered ways to operate our program," Swartzfager said. "He has proven to be a valuable member of the administrative team at other facilities across the country. We anticipate great contributions from his leadership as he joins St. Dominic's team."

Dr. Clay Hays, a cardiologist and MHI Medical Director, said O'Leary is an excellent choice to lead the growing organization, both from a medical and administrative standpoint. "Mike's expertise will be of enormous value to our operations on a day-to-day basis," said Hays. "He brings a wide variety of experience in all aspects of our business, both as an administrator and clinician. I feel certain he will be instrumental in helping guide MHI as we continually reshape our program to meet patients' needs."

O'Leary expressed enthusiasm about the new position and accompanying relocation to the Jackson area.  "This is a tremendous opportunity to become a member of an exciting medical community," O'Leary said. "I'm eager to serve St. Dominic's patients by accelerating the commitment to providing the most advanced treatment capabilities and integrating new technology as it becomes available."

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