Mercy Health Partners change name; Mickus says Mercy is ‘in the black’Written by Evan Goodenow | | email@example.com
Mercy Health Partners is reducing its name, but not its community commitment, the hospital chain’s president said Aug. 27.
The seven area hospitals now have shorter names, such as Mercy St. Anne Hospital and Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Steven L. Mickus, Mercy CEO and president, said the change symbolizes the hospitals efforts to better serve the community with a unified approach.
In his remarks, Mickus alluded to criticism of the nation’s for-profit health care system of which hospital care accounted for 31 percent of the approximately $2.2 trillion annual costs in 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mickus said half of U.S. hospitals are losing money, but Mercy, a nonprofit organization, remains in the black, while still maintaining a commitment to treat uninsured or under insured people.
Mickus said the hospitals provided approximately $78.7 million in community benefits last year, including $17.7 million to treat poor and underserved people.
“It doesn’t matter whether you have money or not, we accept everyone,” Mickus told the approximately 100 employees who gathered for the name changing ceremony outside Mercy St. Anne Hospital on West Sylvania Avenue. “The national debate can rage and rage and rage, but no one goes without health care in Northwest Ohio because we treat everyone who comes to our facilities.”
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