PERRYSBURG — Alison Avendt will join Mercy Health as president of Mercy Health – Perrysburg Hospital, effective June 19.
Avendt has most recently served as chief operating officer at McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital. She will succeed Andrea Gwyn, who is currently serving in a dual role as president of both Mercy Health – St. Anne Hospital and Mercy Health – Perrysburg Hospital. Avendt will focus on St. Anne Hospital as president moving forward.
“Under Andrea’s leadership and guidance, Mercy Health – Perrysburg Hospital has experienced record growth and has become a premier health care facility in the Toledo area, featuring the first catheterization lab in Wood County,” said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo. “The hospital is well-positioned for continued growth, and we welcome Alison’s strategic knowledge and experience, which will be an asset to our patients and the community. Together, we look forward to future service enhancement at Perrysburg Hospital under her leadership.”
Avendt has an extensive career in health care that spans more than 30 years, most recently serving as COO at McLaren St. Luke’s.
She began her heath care career at ProMedica as a licensed occupational therapist who was board certified in pediatric therapy. She moved into administration in 1996 and held a variety of leadership roles including eight years as vice president of Operations at ProMedica Toledo Hospital and Toledo Children’s Hospital. In 2018, Avendt transitioned to a senior operations adviser for HKS Inc., in Northville, Michigan, where she provided strategic and master planning consulting services to healthcare clients around the country. She joined McLaren St. Luke’s in 2020.
Avendt earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toledo.
“I am grateful to Mercy Health for the support and compassion they have shown to our St. Luke’s employees and our community, and I am thrilled to join the Mercy Health – Perrysburg family,” Avendt said.
The only full-service community hospital in Perrysburg, Mercy Health – Perrysburg Hospital offers 46 private inpatient rooms and comprehensive services such as surgery, critical care, on-site lab, imaging and diagnostic services and a full-service, 24/7 emergency room that consistently ranks among the nation’s best for patient satisfaction. Perrysburg Hospital is also home to the region’s only Gamma Knife, which is an advanced brain surgery tool, and is proud to announce the recent addition of a new cardiac catheterization lab.