Former Mercy Medical Center president, CEO Tinker remembered as visionary

Endowed fund set up with Mercy Foundation in honor of ‘compassionate soul’

A. James Tinker Mercy Medical Center
A. James (Jim) Tinker

Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids celebrated the life of former president and CEO A. James (Jim) Tinker with a memorial service May 10.

Mr. Tinker, who served in the role from 1982 to 2006, died on April 21. He was a visionary with an “extraordinary” influence on Mercy and the health care industry at large, Mercy officials said in a release.

“Jim was more than a leader; he was a compassionate soul who embodied The Mercy Touch and the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy in every aspect of his life,” said current Mercy president and CEO Dr. Timothy Quinn. “His influence on Mercy, our patients, and the communities we serve is immeasurable, and his absence will be deeply felt.”

During his tenure at Mercy, Mr. Tinker spearheaded numerous initiatives, including the establishment of MercyCare North, Mercy Home Care services, the Crawford Diabetes Center, mobile imaging services, Mercy Women’s Center, the Cardiac Stroke Center, Hallagan Education Center and Lundy Pavilion.

In addition to his work within Mercy, Mr. Tinker’s dedication extended to the community through his service on various local and national boards, including the American Hospital Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Blue Cross of Iowa and the United Way of East Central Iowa, which “exemplified his unwavering commitment to advancing health care and improving the well-being of our community.”

Mr. Tinker was recognized on multiple occasions for his outstanding achievements, including his induction into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame as its first nonprofit leader to be recognized, as well as his receipt of the prestigious Gold-Headed Cane – an accolade symbolizing excellence in the field of medicine.

Mr. Tinker’s family has established a new fund, named the Jim Tinker Endowed Fund for Mercy’s Greatest Needs, with the Mercy Foundation. The fund was established because Tinker was especially attuned to emergent needs in health care.

Gifts in his honor can be made to this fund by contacting the Mercy Foundation at (319) 398-6206 or visiting

Mr. He is survived by two daughters, Jennifer and Karen, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jean, and their daughter Kathy.