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Jason Demke Named COO of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith

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Jason Demke has joined Mercy Hospital Fort Smith as its new chief operating officer, the hospital announced Monday.

Demke replaces Ryan Geib, who is now president of Mercy Southeast Communities in Missouri.

Demke’s background in health care includes more than a decade of leadership experience, the hospital said in a news release. Most recently, he served as COO for West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. Past roles include vice president of operations at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

In his new role, Demke will oversee the ongoing expansion of the emergency department and intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital Fort Smith, among other projects. Construction began on the expansion in February 2022. The project has an expected completion date of April 2025.

“You can feel there’s a lot of community momentum in the River Valley, which creates excitement and opportunities,” Demke said in a statement. “It also creates new challenges, but Mercy Fort Smith is invested in taking on those challenges by expanding access to its nationally recognized care within our communities. I knew immediately that this is where I wanted to continue to grow my career and be a part of something special.”

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