(CINCINNATI; March 15, 2013) – Mercy Health, which provides quality care with compassion in your neighborhood through its network of care, announces that Dr. Yousuf Ahmad, Chief Transformation Officer for Mercy Health, has won the prestigious 2013 Tomorrow’s Leader Award from the Catholic Health Association (CHA).

The Tomorrow’s Leaders program honors young leaders who will guide the Catholic health ministry in the future.

Dr. Ahmad won the award based on the role he’s played in preparing Mercy Health for healthcare transformation. His achievements include the deployment of electronic health records throughout Mercy Health and the establishment of Mercy Health Physicians, which Modern Healthcare magazine named the nation’s hottest healthcare organization based on growth. Under his leadership, Mercy Health’s physician practices have achieved the most stringent accreditation as patient-centered medical homes and Mercy
Health Select secured its status as the region’s only Accountable Care Organization.

“Being named a Tomorrow’s Leader winner is an honor not just for me but for Mercy Health as whole, which is forward thinking, diverse and collaborative,” said Ahmad. “I would be remiss if I didn’t share the award with the many people who have supported me and worked side-by-side with me to help our organization achieve all that it has.”

The CHA notes that the Catholic health ministry of tomorrow depends on strong leadership and passionate commitment to the healing mission. To encourage the promising young leaders of today to continue their careers in the ministry, the CHA’s annual Tomorrow’s Leaders program honors an impressive cadre of dedicated, high-performing individuals who already have demonstrated commitment to advancing the
mission of Catholic healthcare.

Dr. Ahmad will receive his award on Monday, June 3, at the 2013 Catholic Health Assembly, taking place in Anaheim, Calif. Prior to the ceremony, Dr. Ahmad will participate in an exclusive leadership formation retreat, which will bring him face to face with senior leaders from across the ministry who are currently leading and shaping Catholic healthcare. It will be an opportunity for all present to explore and discuss the future of Catholic healthcare.

Mercy Health makes quality healthcare easy to help you be well in mind, body and spirit. Mercy Health is a premier healthcare provider that has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 160 years. Mercy Health provides an integrated network of leading physicians, compassionate caregivers, comprehensive services and exceptional care at more than 100 locations across the region. The Mercy Health network of care includes six award-winning hospitals, eight senior living communities, primary care and specialty physician practices, outpatient centers, social service agencies, fitness centers and a variety of outreach programs. Mercy Health Hospitals are the only Greater Cincinnati hospitals to earn national top 100 rating placing them among the best hospitals in the nation. To learn more visit, www.e-mercy.com and engage in the conversation via Mercy Health’s social media channels (@mercy_health on Twitter and Mercy Health on Facebook.)