An associate of the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University will become the new president of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s next month.
Dr. Hyung Tai Kim will join Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids on May 6. He will succeed former President Bills Manns, who departed last fall after five years to become president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston, a larger health system also owned by Livonia-based Trinity Health.
Meanwhile, David Baumgartner, who has served as interim president since October, is returning to his role as chief medical officer at Saint Mary’s.
Kim told MiBiz he saw an “extraordinary opportunity” at Saint Mary’s to join an organization with a mission that aligns with his own beliefs.
“If you go to the mission statement, the very second word is ‘serve’ and the third word is ‘together,’” said Kim. “I believe in the importance of having a service-oriented mindset and the idea of together when it comes to health care, especially now that we’re focusing seriously not just on taking care of folks that are sick but also the broad health. That takes a team.”
An internal medicine physician, Kim since 2013 served as senior associate dean for clinical affairs at MSU’s medical school in East Lansing. Kim spent two years prior to MSU as CEO of SIU HealthCare, a physician group practice at Southern Illinois School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill., where he also served as associate dean of clinical affairs and an assistant professor of clinical medicine.