Last edited 1:51 p.m., Sept. 1, 2011
Sisters of Mercy today starts the change to the Mercy name, with St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis becoming Mercy Hospital St. Louis, and St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Washington now dubbed Mercy Hospital Washington.
Earlier this year, Sisters of Mercy Health System, the parent entity of St. John’s Health System and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, announced its plans
to change its name to Mercy Health, paving the way for phased name changes of its hospitals and facilities, clearly linking them to the Mercy banner.
Mercy facilities in seven states, including St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin and St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, will follow suit in the next year, according to a Mercy news release.
St. John's in Springfield will be renamed to Mercy Hospital Springfield by January, said Cora Scott, spokeswoman for the hospital.
The name changes are part of the health system’s efforts to make it clear to patients and communities that facilities and providers under the Mercy banner work together to care for patients. The collaboration is made possible in part by Mercy’s implementation more than five years ago of a $450 million electronic record system.
“Adopting the Mercy name is not so much a change as a natural evolution,” Mercy President and CEO Lynn Britton said in the release. “Our electronic health record has allowed our physicians and medical teams to coordinate care across facilities, communities and even states in ways that were never before possible."[[In-content Ad]]