A Toast

Several weeks after our successful leadership transition at Mercy Health Clinic, I had a chance to get together very informally with our former (John Kleiderer) and current (Mark Foraker) Executive Directors. Call it our own personal “Beer Summit” but it was something we had promised each other we’d do and I’m glad we made it happen.

We didn’t talk a lot about business. That’s what Board meetings and conference calls are for. Instead, we talked about summer plans, parenting, fishing trips, and flooded basements. We learned about John’s upcoming 4-day drive from D.C. to Spokane to join his wife and children (with the family dog riding shotgun). Mark told us about his search for a new truck and we had to grill him on every feature and option. Just old-fashioned conversation among three people who were genuinely happy to be in the moment. Plenty of laughs and easy-going camaraderie.

As we talked and enjoyed our cold beer, I had to smile from a sense of gratitude for these two gentlemen. There I sat with two very dedicated professionals who brought something special to their work— heart. I was thankful that our Clinic had been able to attract people of their caliber to important leadership roles. On behalf of the patients we serve, I was thankful that they had chosen to make the Clinic their calling.

This is my virtual but heartfelt toast of thanks to John and Mark. Please join me in wishing each of them the very best.

Chris Perez
Chairman, Board of Directors
Mercy Health Clinic



Left to Right: John Kleiderer, Chris Perez, Mark Foraker

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