Erik Frederick, a Mercy Hospital Springfield executive who became known as an expert voice amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is no longer with the health care system.
Reached this morning by Springfield Business Journal, Frederick confirmed his recent exit. He declined to disclose further details. As recent as last week, he was active on his Twitter account discussing Mercy business.
Frederick served as chief administrative officer for Mercy for nearly four years.
A statement provided this morning by Mercy spokesperson Sonya Kullmann confirmed Frederick’s exit.
“We would like to thank Erik for his service and his encouragement to our co-workers and our community, particularly as we faced the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement reads. “We wish him and his family the very best.”
Through his Twitter account, Frederick has often posted updates about the COVID-19 impact at Mercy. In August last year, he spoke with NPR about a summer spike in COVID-19 cases for Missouri hospitals. His tweet last summer about a baby under the age of 1 with COVID-19 being cared for at Mercy also gained attention in the news.
Moving forward, Frederick said he's unsure what his next career move will be.
"I'm going to take some time with my family and make that decision. We're going to look around the landscape and see what's out there," he said. "Springfield has been great."
Frederick's exit is at least the second executive change for Mercy locally this week.
The health care system yesterday announced the appointment of David Argueta as president of Mercy Hospitals Springfield, effective May 30. He succeeds Brent Hubbard, who previously served as president and chief operating officer of Mercy Hospitals Springfield Communities before exiting the health care system this month for a job with Integris Health in Oklahoma.
Argueta and Mercy Springfield Communities President Craig McCoy will report to Dr. John Mohart, who leads hospital operations across multiple states as president of Mercy Communities, according to yesterday's announcement.
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