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St. Louis, Missouri-based Our Mercy (Mercy) health system recently closed its Fort Scott, Kansas hospital. As of December 31, 2018, the 46-bed facility has officially been shut down, ceasing operations.

Mercy cited declining patient volume and decreased reimbursement as primary reasons for its decision to close the hospital. In a statement on Mercy’s Facebook page, the health system also cited challenges in recruiting and retaining clinical professionals. The hospital’s 327 employees were laid off as a result of the closing, although some may be transferring to other Mercy facilities.

Our Mercy (Mercy) health system was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1986. Named one of the top five large U.S. Health systems in 2018, 2017, and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, Mercy serves millions annually, and includes more than 40 acute care and specialty hospitals, 800 clinical professional practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers, and 2,100 Mercy Clinic clinical professionals in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. 

This was reported by Becker’s Hospital CFO Report on December 28, 2018.

Contact Information: Mercy, St. Louis, 615 South New Ballas Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63141; (314) 251-6000; Website:

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