Hijinio Carreon, D.O.’03, FACEP, FAAEM, M.B.A., accepted a role as system-wide chief medical executive at MercyOne, an organization headquartered in Des Moines with clinics, medical centers, hospitals and affiliates located throughout the state of Iowa and beyond. He has been a part of the organization for more than 13 years, beginning as an emergency medicine physician and advancing to his most recent role as chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs for MercyOne Central Iowa.
“As chief medical executive, Dr. Carreon will lead the design and support of initiatives to deliver clinical excellence as part of MercyOne’s vision to set the standard as a personalized and radically convenient system of health services,” said MercyOne CEO Bob Ritz in a press release. “In this role, he will provide clinical and operations leadership as well as guidance and oversight to our entire organization.”
Carreon will work closely with clinicians and medical staff members across MercyOne, including serving as the system liaison to the ministries’ chief medical officers. He will transition from his current role beginning May 17.
“Being invited to serve MercyOne in this capacity is an absolute honor,” he said in the announcement. “In accepting this role, my mission is to foster MercyOne’s commitment to expanding access to high-quality, affordable care, all while championing health equality and providing innovative care in the communities we are privileged to serve. I am looking forward to deepening our partnerships with our physicians, advanced practice providers and colleagues across our ministries in Iowa. I hope to further build and strengthen our provider networks and ensure that our clinicians have the resources and support needed to provide the highest levels of patient care across the continuum.
“My appointment to this role is a testament to what MercyOne stands for. MercyOne is for everyone,” he added. “Many years ago, I humbly served this organization as a night PCT during college and medical school. Now, with increased responsibility and trust, humility will still be my foundation.”
In addition to his roles at MercyOne, Carreon serves as co-medical director of emergency medical services for the Mercy College of Health Sciences, emergency physician trauma surveyor for the Iowa Department of Public Health and director at large for the Iowa American College of Emergency Physicians.