Ryan Gehrig Takes Reins Of Mercy in Arkansas (Super Mover)


Ryan Gehrig Takes Reins Of Mercy in Arkansas (Super Mover)
Ryan Gehrig is now leading Mercy Hospitals in Arkansas. (Mercy)

Ryan Gehrig is now the president of Mercy Hospitals Arkansas, which includes two facilities in Rogers and Fort Smith. Gehrig was previously president of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith, a role he will retain along with an additional role as president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas.

The previous president of Mercy Northwest Arkansas, Eric Pianalto, will now take on the role of chief strategic growth officer for Mercy Arkansas. Pianalto will work with the Mercy Clinic team to expand hospital services and clinic locations.

“The local landscape of health care continues to evolve,” Gehrig said. “This shift in our leadership structure gives [Pianalto] and I and our team a unique opportunity to put an even greater focus on how to best serve the growing health care needs of our communities in Arkansas.”

With a decade of experience as Mercy Fort Smith’s president, Gehrig has earned 12 consecutive A grades for quality of care from Leapfrog, an independent watchdog organization. He will focus on growth in Arkansas and how to take a one-Mercy approach with communities.

He joined Mercy from Norman Regional Health System, where he was the chief administrative officer and vice president of enterprise systems for Moore Medical Center, a hospital in Norman, Oklahoma, that is a part of the Norman system. Before that, Gehrig was the chief operating officer of medical centers in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Bristow, Oklahoma; and Cushing, Oklahoma.

Gehrig graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from Texas A&M University. He received a master’s in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He also completed his administrative residency at Hillcrest Healthcare System in Tulsa.