Event celebrates hospital's new name

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, St. John's Hospital-Cassville will host a One Mercy Celebration to mark the transition to its new name, Mercy Hospital Cassville. The event is scheduled to be held in conference room C beginning at noon.

"We owe it to the three million patients we serve each year to know us by one name," said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and chief executive officer. "Adopting the Mercy name is not so much a change as a natural evolution.

"Our electronic health records have allowed our physicians and medical teams to coordinate care across facilities, communities and even states in ways that were never before possible," said Britton. "It has opened up a whole new world of more convenient and personalized care for our patients."

Facilities in Springfield, Joplin, Mountain View, Lebanon, Aurora and Berryville, Ark., will also host One Mercy Celebration events next Tuesday.

The Mercy Hospital Cassville event will begin with an opening prayer offered by Chaplain Tom Gripka. Video messages from Jon Swope and Sister Richard Mary Burke in Springfield will also be featured.

Dave Steinmann, Mercy Hospital Cassville chief operating officer, will offer a special address, and a video will be shown displaying the evolution of Catherine's Cross.

Toward the end of the celebration, the new Mercy symbol will be unveiled and a blessing ceremony will be held for Mercy co-workers.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Over the next year, Mercy facilities across all seven states will transition to one Mercy name. The transition began with the introduction of MyMercy, a free online service that allows patients to access medical records, schedule appointments, view lab results and contact their physician.

For more information on Mercy or MyMercy, visit www.mercy.net or call 847-1451.

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