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About Sister Helen Amos, RSM and the Leadership of Mercy Health Services

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Sister Helen Amos, RSMSister Helen Amos, RSM has served as Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Health Services since 1999 following a seven-year tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1992 to 1999.  Sister Helen has been a member of the Mercy Board of Trustees since 1980.

With $600 million in annual revenues, Mercy Health Services includes Mercy Medical Center, a 244-bed acute care teaching hospital; a network of primary care and specialist physicians serving Central Maryland; and Stella Maris which offers a range of services to seniors.  Mercy Health Services is the 8th largest private-sector employer in the region with 4,800 employees and has a 139-year legacy of service to the Baltimore community, particularly the neighborhoods in South, East, and West Baltimore in close proximity to the hospital.

Sister Helen and the leadership team of Mercy Health Services are responsible for the development and implementation of numerous programs at Mercy, including the creation of The Center for Women’s Health & Medicine and its flagship programs in gynecologic oncology and breast cancer diagnosis and treatment; “The Woman’s Doctor” program on WBAL-TV; and Mercy’s network of specialty and primary care physicians.  Sister Helen is dedicated to improving the quality of life of women and the community as a whole.  Mercy provides over $49 million in uncompensated care and community benefits and is a founding partner of Health Care for the Homeless;

Sister Helen has more than 30 years experience in the fields of education and health care administration.  After working as a teacher in Georgia, Sister Helen arrived in Baltimore to take a position as Registrar for Mount Saint Agnes College where she had earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1962.  Sister would later take on administrator duties with the Sisters of Mercy of the Union and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Before coming to Mercy, Sister Helen served as President of the Sisters of Mercy of the Union in Silver Spring, Maryland from 1984 to 1991.

Sister Helen earned her Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and received Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from College Misericordia in Dallas, Pennsylvania, and from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Recent accomplishments of Sister Helen Amos, RSM, include:

  • Keynote speaker, Catholic Health Association Annual Assembly, 2013;
  • Recipient of the Andrew White Medal from Loyola University Maryland, 2008.
  • Recipient of the Speaker’s Medallion from the Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, 2008.
  • Inducted into the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Hall of  Fame, 2007
  • Top 50 Influential Marylanders for 2007 by The Daily Record
  • Recipient of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council’s prestigious Christian Life Award presented  to individuals whose life, work, and deeds have exemplified a steadfast commitment to the Christian faith, 2005
  • Recipient of the Carroll Medal from Loyola University Maryland, 2005

Sister Helen also serves on the board and is President of Mercy Ridge, a continuing care retirement community in Timonium, Maryland.

She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph’s Health System of Atlanta, Georgia; St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System in Savannah, Georgia; Mercy Health Ministry, St. Louis, Missouri; the Downtown Partnership (past chair) and the Downtown Management District Authority of Baltimore City; St. Mary’s Seminary and University; Cristo Rey Jesuit High School; the Board of Financial Administration of the Archdiocese of Baltimore; and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Hospital Association. 

Sister Helen is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Baltimore Committee and the United Way of Central Maryland.  She is the immediate past chair of the Leadership Advisory Group for Baltimore City’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

The Leadership of Mercy Health Services

The success of Mercy Health Services over the past 20+ years is the direct result of an unrivaled partnership between Sister Helen and Thomas R. Mullen, President and CEO of Mercy Health Services.  Mr. Mullen and the executive leadership of Mercy Health Services are responsible for developing and implementing initiatives to carry out the strategic vision of a Board of Trustees chaired by Sister Helen that is regarded as one of the strongest non-profit boards in the region.  The Mercy Health Services Board of Trustees includes business leaders such as M&T Bank executive Michael P. Pinto; former Legg Mason chairman and CEO Mark R. Fetting; PNC executive Laura L. Gamble; Whiting-Turner President and CEO Timothy J. Regan; as well as business and community leaders such as Richard O. Berndt, Managing Partner of Gallagher, Evelius & Jones; Michael J. Batza, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Heritage Properties; and Earl L. Linehan, President of Woodbrook Capital.