Javon R. Bea is President and CEO of Mercyhealth, a vertically integrated, multi-regional system with 7 hospitals, 800+ employed physician partners and 8,000+ 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 800 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. Through Javon’s leadership, gross revenue has grown from $33 million in 1989 to over $3 billion in gross revenue today. Likewise, Mercyhealth’s patient visit volumes have grown from 89,000 to over 2.4 million.
In 2015, Javon led the merger and integration of Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System to form Mercyhealth. Prior to the merger, Rockford Health System had a $10 million average loss on net income from operations for five previous years. In one short year (July 2015-June 2016), he established a positive bottom line of $24.4 million net income.
Under his visionary leadership, Mercyhealth opened a new $505 million hospital and medical campus on I-90 and Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois in January 2019. The project is 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.
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.
Javon Bea Articles
- Doing the Next Right Thing, Spring 2019
- Ahead of His Time, Summer 2018
- Full Circle, Summer 2018
- Navigating the Waters, Winter/Spring 2016
- CEO Javon Bea: Doing “The Next Right Thing” at Mercy Health System, October 9, 2012
- Mercy leader learned ideals at a young age, January 19, 2012
- Uncharted Waters, May 2011
- Physicians First: Cover Story, August 2008
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