Josh Neff named Chief Executive Officer of CommonSpirit Mercy Hospital

June 19, 2024

DURANGO, CO (June 19, 2024) - CommonSpirit Health’s Mountain Region is pleased to announce that Josh Neff will join Mercy Hospital’s 143-year legacy of care by serving as its Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2024.

Josh brings vast knowledge and expertise to rural health care and understands the importance of keeping medical care close to home. He currently serves as both the CEO of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Fort Morgan and as Vice President of Integration and Rural Health. With his transition to the Durango community, Josh will continue in his role supporting Integration and Rural Health.

“While we are sad to see Brandon Mencini leave Mercy Hospital, we are grateful for the work he has done to support our employees, our patients and our community,” said Wanda Ellingson, Chair of the CommonSpirit Mercy Hospital Board of Trustees. “CommonSpirit and Mercy Hospital are committed to expanding access to high-quality care for everyone in the Four Corners Region, and with Josh’s unique background in rural care, we believe he is the right person to help us continue to build for the future. Mercy Hospital and its caregivers bring a level of commitment and compassion to each patient that cannot be matched, and Josh understands why this makes Mercy such an important part of our community.”

Josh joined CommonSpirit in 2018, and throughout his career with our ministry, has focused on growing much-needed services in our rural communities. During his time at St. Elizabeth Hospital, he opened a 6-bed ICU, launched a voluntary detox program and added critical care helicopter service through Flight For Life© Colorado. At the same time, Josh has supported a team of critical access hospital CEOs, and successfully implemented operational and turn-around plans to create long-term sustainability for our 16 affiliate hospitals.

He received a Master’s of Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Tarleton State University.

We congratulate Josh and thank him for his continued commitment to our rural communities, our patients and the caregivers who provide the high-quality, compassionate care our ministry is known for across the Mountain Region and beyond.


About CommonSpirit Health

CommonSpirit Health is a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 by Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. The Colorado/Kansas/Utah Division includes 20 hospitals, 240 physician practices and clinics, emergency and urgent care centers, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado. With its national office in Chicago and a team of over 175,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit operates 142 hospitals and more than 2,200 care sites across 24 states. In FY 2022, CommonSpirit had revenues of $33.9 billion and provided $4.9 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at