Cleveland Clinic and the Sisters of Charity Health System signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore Mercy Medical Center becoming a full member of the Cleveland Clinic health system while maintaining its Catholic identity through sponsorship by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine. The Sisters of Charity Health System, which is the sole member of Mercy Medical Center, and Cleveland Clinic will begin a careful and thorough review to complete the due diligence process that will outline how they will move forward to best meet the health care needs of residents in Stark County, Ohio and surrounding communities.
Benefits of the potential partnership include expanding high-quality services; expanding and improving technology at Mercy Medical Center; providing additional support and investment in addressing the unmet needs in the community; building physician synergies; and increasing the ease of access to the most highly specialized services for patients in Stark County if and when needed. The Sisters of Charity Health System and Cleveland Clinic will work toward finalizing a definitive agreement. The due diligence, regulatory and Church requirements will all inform the timeline and further details of this transaction.
Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion, and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties.
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Alliance, Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, Massillon, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community.
The Sisters of Charity Health System was established in 1982 as the parent corporation for the sponsored ministries of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio and South Carolina. The Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine is a congregation of women religious that, since founding in 1851, continues a faith-based legacy of high-quality, compassionate care in partnership with its co-ministers, who are the heart and hands of the ministry. The Sisters of Charity Health System solely owns two Catholic hospitals: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio; and Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio. The health system also oversees three grantmaking foundations located in Cleveland, Canton, and Columbia, South Carolina. Each foundation sponsors significant community initiatives and collaborations that address the causes and consequences of poverty.
This was reported by the Cleveland Clinic on September 27, 2019.
Contact information: Joe Milicia, Director of Public Relations and Communications, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195; 330-344-6083; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.clevelandclinic.org
Contact information: Rebecca Gallant, Vice President, Communications, Sisters of Charity Health System, 2475 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115; 216-288-0239; Email: email@example.com; Website: www.sistersofcharityhealth.org
Contact information: Cindy Hickey, Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations, Mercy Medical Center, 1320 Mercy Drive Northwest, Canton, Ohio 44708; 330-284-8489; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.cantonmercy.org