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Javon R. Bea, President and CEO

Javon Bea, President/CEO

A message from Javon R. Bea, President and CEO

Without a doubt, 2020 was an incredibly challenging year. COVID-19 dramatically changed our lives in so many ways.

The arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, however, offers all of us a light at the end of the tunnel and real hope that over time we will be able to get back to the things we treasure. At Mercyhealth, we continue to vaccinate eligible patients based on age and underlying health conditions. If you are a Mercyhealth patient, you will receive an email when you are eligible for the vaccine instructing you to log in to your Mercyhealth MyChart account. You can learn more about the vaccine and how to register for Mercyhealth MyChart at mercyhealthsystem.org/covid19vaccines.

While things look promising, it is critical that we all take steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. You can help us stop the spread and reduce pressure on hospitals by wearing a mask, avoiding contact with people who are sick, staying six feet from others, avoiding crowds, practicing good hand hygiene, and if you have symptoms, stay home.

Another thing you can do to keep you and your family healthy is to not delay going to the doctor. During this pandemic we saw people delaying care for fear of contracting COVID-19, but your health can’t wait. Routine exams and regular screenings, like blood pressure, cholesterol, mammograms and colonoscopies, can help you catch symptoms before they get worse or become serious problems. I want to assure you that Mercyhealth continues to adhere to best practice standards to keep you safe when seeking care. Your health and safety is—and always has been—our highest priority.

So while we have rounded another corner in this COVID-19 endurance race, we still have to remain diligent. I encourage everyone to continue to do your part to stay safe and get vaccinated when you have the opportunity. I know the final part of any journey can often be the most challenging, however, seeing the strength and resiliency of our health care team and our community during the last year, I am confident that we will get through this final leg of the journey together. 

Thank you for your continued support and confidence in Mercyhealth.

Wishing you good health,

Javon R. Bea

About Javon Bea

Javon R. Bea is President and CEO of Mercyhealth, a vertically integrated, multi-regional system with 7 hospitals, 700+ employed physician partners and 7,000+ employee/partners, 85 primary and specialty care locations, a home health and hospice division, and a wholly owned and operated insurance company. Mercyhealth offers services across 15 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin counties.

Javon’s experience implementing effective culture of excellence programs and innovative physician compensation models to foster system turnaround is unparalleled. He pioneered a “partnership model” of compensation and designed a custom culture of excellence program that promotes both clinical and service quality initiatives.

Over the last 30 years, Javon transformed Mercy Hospital from a single, stand-alone hospital into the large, vertically integrated health system. When he began in 1989, Mercy Hospital was a struggling community hospital with no integrated physician partners. Today, more than 700 multi-specialty physicians are completely integrated employed physician partners—a model that Mercyhealth leadership championed long before it was recognized as a path to sustainable success throughout the industry. In fact, Mercyhealth has operated as a virtual Accountable Care Organization (ACO) for decades, and has developed advanced physician and clinical protocols of care that position it for success under the new ACO model of care.

In 2015, Javon led the merger and integration of Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System to form Mercyhealth. Under his visionary leadership, Mercyhealth opened a state-of-the-art hospital and medical campus on I-90 and Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, in January 2019. The project was the largest in Rockford’s history. The Mercyhealth Board of Directors unanimously voted to name the facility Javon Bea Hospital and Physician Clinic–Riverside in his honor. 

Javon’s management and leadership has led to numerous national recognitions, including being named the first fully integrated health system to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the highest Presidential award for quality and organizational excellence; Magnet Recognition®, the gold standard of nursing excellence; ranked #1 and #2 on AARP’s Top 100 Best Places to Work for Workers over 50; and ranked in the top 25 on the 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks list by Modern Healthcare magazine for over 12 years.

In addition, Javon was honored with Medical Group Management Association’s 2019 Harwick Innovation Award for his revolutionary W2 Physician Partnership Model that helped transform Mercyhealth into a thriving, integrated health system.

Javon has more than four decades of experience in the national health care arena, having served at prestigious and well-respected medical centers throughout the country. A sought-after speaker and consultant, Javon is renowned for his innovations in the areas of integrated health care delivery and physician partnership models. He has written extensively for national health care publications, as well as co-authored The Capitation Sourcebook: A Practical Guide to Managing At-Risk Arrangements, and published a book entitled Journey to Excellence.

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