Sister Patricia Clare Sullivan


"Thousands of Iowans have been touched by Sister Patricia Clare Sullivan's untiring commitment to providing readily accessible quality healthcare for all... Sister's leadership has impacted the heath care of Iowans since 1955.” - Ce Ce Zenti, 1987

Sister Patricia Clare Sullivan, RSM, is known for her vision and leadership in providing accessible, quality care for all Iowans. As President of Mercy Health Center of Central Iowa and its eight subsidiaries, Sister Clare heads one of the largest corporations in the state. Her caring and compassion have been manifested in the many programs she has developed to serve needy populations in the Des Moines area—Clark Street House of Mercy, which assists single mothers to become independent; expansion of the health care delivery system to rural areas; a respite program for families caring for elderly persons in their homes; and Willis Care Center, an adult day care program. She serves on the board of directors of the Greater Des Moines Chamber Federation, First Interstate Bank, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and has traveled the state addressing issues of prejudice with the Know your Neighbor panel. Her service includes regional director and past president of Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Medical Administrators. She received the Newcomer Award for Health Care Executive of the Year in 1984 and in 1985, the People of Vision Award from the Iowa Society for the Prevention of Blindness. Sullivan was inducted into the Iowa Women's Hall of Fame in 1988.

UPDATE: Sullivan has served as president of External Affairs, Mercy Health Center of Central Iowa; president of Hillside Development Corporation; and treasurer of the Greater Des Moines Committee, an affiliate of the Greater Des Moines Chamber of Commerce Federation. Sullivan was also a member of the Des Moines Development Committee and served on the Board of Directors of Boatmen's National Bank of Des Moines. In 1991, she was named Distinguished Iowa Citizen by Mid-Iowa Boy Scouts of America and named one of six outstanding Women of Vision by the Young Women's Resource Center. In 1993, she was inducted into the Central Iowa Business Hall of Achievement. She is currently serving on the Casey’s Board of Directors and Mercy Hospice Development Board.