CANTON The Mercy Medical Center has a new name.
The 476-bed Catholic hospital became the Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital on Monday as it officially became the 19th hospital in the Cleveland Clinic system.
Mercy will maintain his Catholic identity through sponsorship from the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.
All services, including the hospital’s COVID-19 response, will continue without interruption.
Patients will see the same doctors and care providers in the same locations, Mercy staff will continue to provide care, all operations and appointments will go to plan, and all current insurance plans will be accepted, according to a press release on Monday.
As a full member of the Cleveland Clinic, Mercy can expand its services, improve technology, provide support and investment to meet the needs of the population, enable collaboration with physicians, and provide patients with access to highly specialized services in Stark and the surrounding counties to facilitate publication.
“Mercy Medical Center has touched countless lives with high-quality, compassionate care. At the Cleveland Clinic, we’ve been doing it for 100 years. Our mission is to care for life, research for health, and educate those who serve, “said the Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, in the press release.
“We are united by a noble purpose to care for others. Together we will provide exceptional care to patients in Stark County and beyond as we continue the Catholic tradition of healing the mind, body and spirit. “
Dr. Timothy Crone will be the new President of Mercy, replacing Interim CEO Thomas J. Strauss, who is also President and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System.
Since 2019, Crone has served as Chief Medical Officer at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital and Medical Director for Enterprise Business Intelligence and Analytics in Medical Operations and Vice Chairman of the Department of Hospital Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He has been a hospital physician at the Cleveland Clinic since 2010 and plans to continue caring for patients at Mercy.
“It is an enormous honor and privilege to join the caregivers at Mercy Hospital at such an important time in your journey. I’m really impressed and inspired by our like-minded commitment to patients and Mercy’s commitment to continually improving quality and safety, ”Crone said in a press release. “Together we will advance Mercy Hospital’s Catholic mission through the current pandemic and prepare to meet tomorrow’s health needs for the community we serve.”
Mercy joined the Cleveland Clinic after serving 115 years with the St. Augustine Sisters of Charity.
“I would like to take this moment to thank our Mercy family and the members of the Stark County Ward who have worked hand in hand with the Sisters of Charity from the start to meet the health needs of this ward. Our hospital is known for its life-saving innovations in patient care, his compassion and commitment that is why Mercy remains at the forefront of health care in the Stark County ward, “said Sister Judith Ann Karam, ward leader, Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, in a press release.
“We appreciate that this legacy will continue and grow with the Cleveland Clinic as it provides high quality care and respects the Catholic identity of this hospital that carries the vision into the future.”
Mercy first signed a letter of intent to join the Cleveland Clinic in September 2019. The agreement has met the requirements of the Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.
Mercy serves Counties of Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes, and Tuscarawas, as well as parts of southeast Ohio. It has 2,700 employees, including 620 members in the medical staff.
Cleveland Clinic operates 12 regional hospitals in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, and Tuscarawas counties.
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