Clive, Iowa – MercyOne Chief Medical Executive, Hijinio Carreon, DO, is one of 88 chief medical officers of hospitals and health systems to know in 2022, as selected by Becker’s Hospital Review. Dr. Carreon is the only Iowa-based health leader to be recognized.
In its announcement, Becker’s acknowledged the vital role of chief medical officers and executives stating, “They are the link between physicians and administrators of hospitals and health systems. They bring an important clinical perspective to hospital decision-makers. The executives featured have achieved success with quality and patient safety as well as improving the patient experience.”
Dr. Carreon supports MercyOne’s Mission to transform health care by ensuring everyone receives personalized care and has convenient access throughout the system’s more than 420 care locations.
“I am humbled and honored to have been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review,” said Dr. Carreon. “To be included in this group of esteemed colleagues reflects the excellence of MercyOne and its expert medical staff. Being the liaison and carrying the clinical perspective of our front-line clinicians has been paramount throughout the pandemic and will be what leads MercyOne into this next chapter of health care.”
Dr. Carreon began his career with MercyOne in 2007 as a physician at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and served as Chief Medical Officer of MercyOne’s Central Iowa region before being appointed chief medical executive and senior vice president of the health system in May 2021.
As chief medical executive, Dr. Carreon provides leadership to MercyOne quality and safety, health informatics, patient logistics, virtual integrated care and service line development. He serves as a resource for regional chief medical officers and system partner to the president of MercyOne Medical Group.
Dr. Carreon is a graduate of Drake University. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Des Moines University – Osteopathic Medical Center (DMU) with honors for both the National Medical Fellowship Scholar and DMU-Osteopathic Medical Center Minority Scholar program in 2003.
He acquired an Executive Masters of Business Administration at the University of Iowa – Tippie College of Business in 2020.
MercyOne is a connected system of health care facilities and services dedicated to helping people and communities live their best life. MercyOne’s care providers and staff make health the highest priority. The system’s clinics, medical centers, hospitals and affiliates are located throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. Headquartered in central Iowa, MercyOne was founded in 1998 through a collaboration between CommonSpirit Health and Trinity Health – two of the country’s foremost, not-for-profit Catholic health organizations.