Donn Sorensen was named president of Mercy's East Region in March 2012. He had been vice president/COO of Mercy Clinic since 2010. He was formerly Executive Vice President of St. John's Health System in Springfield, Missouri. He joined St. John's Health System in January 2000 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of St. John's Clinic, a 470 physician multispecialty group practice in Southwest Missouri and Northern Arkansas. Mr. Sorensen began his career in healthcare at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also served as the Administrator, Secretary/Treasurer of the Center for Urological Treatment and Research in Nashville, Tennessee; Administrator of the Ochsner Clinic of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Vice President of Practice Operations for Premier Practice Management, Inc. In San Diego, California. He has been published in the Missouri Medicine Journal, Physician Executive, and twice in the Medical Group Management Association Connexion. Mr. Sorensen is a member of the American Medical Group Association; a member and fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He is an advocate and supporter of AMGA serving on the Board of Directors, and Past Chair of the AMGA CAO/COO Council. His dedication to the Springfield community has been and is currently demonstrated by his leadership and involvement in various organizations such as: The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors; Missouri State University - Mountain Grove, Advisory Board; Missouri State University, Adjunct Professor, School of Business; Junior League of Springfield, Advisory Board; Springfield Public Schools Foundation, Board of Directors; Sigma Iota Epsilon, Zeta Lambda Chapter, The Kitchen Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors; and Make a Wish Foundation, Board of Directors.