Born in Butler, Pa., A. James Tinker moved to Cedar Rapids in 1982 to begin his career at Mercy Medical Center as President and Chief Executive Officer. Through his leadership, Mercy has become the fourth largest employer in Cedar Rapids, encompassing over one-million square feet of space with an operating budget of over $150 million. Since joining the Mercy family Jim has grown the operation from 30.5 million to over 328.4 million in assets all in an effort to bring exceptional healthcare to the region. Additionally, Mercy Medical Center has been recognized as a “Top 100” Orthopedic Hospital.
As a visionary, Jim saw the need to provide care when people were not able to see their own doctor. In 1983, he established an urgent care clinic known as MercyCare North. This type of care relieved the demand for emergency room services, resulting in reduced costs for individuals and employers. Due to their success and popularity there are now fourteen MercyCare facilities accommodating healthcare needs throughout Eastern Iowa. During Tinker’s tenure Mercy Medical Center has created numerous programs and services to align with emerging healthcare trends. The establishment of the Mercy Women’s Center, the first comprehensive women’s center in the state of Iowa is fine example of that foresight.
Jim’s impact on the Mercy Medical Center family as well as the healthcare industry illustrates his vision and passion for the health and well-being of individuals in our community as well as his commitment to volunteerism. Tinker supports countless community organizations including the United Way of East Central Iowa, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.