News Release: February 10, 2014


Mercy Hospital Honors Past Chairman of its Board of Directors
John McCarthy receives special tribute


Chicago, IL:  At Mercy’s Annual Holiday Toast Celebration, former board Chairman John McCarthy was honored for his commitment to Mercy.  John McCarthy first joined the Mercy Hospital Board of Directors in 1997 and served until 2005. In 2006, John rejoined Mercy’s Board of Directors and served as Chairman until December 2013.


During his time on the board at Mercy, John has judiciously used both his status as a community leader and his professional expertise to the benefit of Mercy Hospital and all those we serve. John’s unique connection to Mercy  Hospital dates back many years to his aunt, Sister Huberta McCarthy, RSM, at one-time Mother Provincial of Sisters of Mercy and a legendary leader of Mercy Hospital, who was integral in involving John in Mercy and preparing him for his future leadership roles. During his time as Board Chair, John was instrumental in fund and friend raising and the 2012 affiliation of Mercy to Trinity Health.

In addition to his involvement with the Mercy Hospital Board of Directors, John also serves on several boards including Transportation Industry boards, Civic Organizations and Not for Profit boards including St. Xavier University where he was a trustee and past Chairman, Catholic Charities, Heartland Alliance and countless other organizations.


John’s career began over 40 years ago at Continental Air Transport, where he held numerous roles over the years including Director or Marketing and Sales, Vice President and Executive Vice President until assuming the role of President and CEO in 1987. During this time the company expanded beyond its airport operation and into other related transportation services.  In 1983, Mr. McCarthy was a part of an investor group that purchased the company from Checker Motors of Kalamazoo, Michigan.


A graduate of St. Ignatius High School of Chicago, Mr. McCarthy received his B.S. in Commerce from DePaul University of Chicago and his MBA from Loyola University Chicago.


About Mercy Hospital & Medical Center

Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Chicago’s first teaching hospital, has served Chicago for 160 years. With 320 staffed beds, Mercy is a Level II Trauma center, complete with a comprehensive network including the Mercy Family Health Center, a look-alike Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the Mercy Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the hospital, eleven auxiliary care facilities, MercyWORKS occupational health program, and two school-based health centers in Wendell Phillips and Dunbar Vocational Career Academies. Mercy has a teaching affiliation with the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Chicago. Mercy is home to a superior Cardiovascular Institute with an Accredited Chest Pain Center and where the first FDA-approved carotid artery stenting procedure in Chicago took place. Mercy is also the first hospital in Chicago where Laparo-Endoscopic Single-Site Surgeries are performed. Mercy is also home to a certified Stroke Center, a Diabetes Treatment Center Accredited for Excellence and a leading Cancer Center also Accredited for Excellence . To learn more about Mercy, visit or become a fan of the Mercy Hospital Facebook page at www.


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