ADA, Okla. – On Monday, July 1 Ada will have a new view of Valley View when Mercy assumes full operational authority of the hospital. As part of the transition, the community hospital will adopt the name “Mercy Hospital Ada”.
In February, Valley View Regional Hospital’s board of directors voted to seek a major health care partner. On Monday, a definitive lease agreement between the two health care organizations will take effect.
“We’ve been working a long time with Mercy to reach an agreement that is best for the future of health care in Ada,” Valley View Regional Hospital Board chair Dean Peterson said. “Mercy has a proven track record helping communities like ours sustain and improve access to quality care and the best technologies available. These days, standalone health care providers struggle to do that.”
Mercy brings to Ada an array of resources most community hospitals don’t have, including an integrated supply chain. Because of its size, Mercy purchases medications and supplies in volume and at a lower cost than an independent hospital.
Mercy is also able to offer the community important technologies like telemedicine, which uses high-tech, audio-visual equipment to connect physicians with patients in rural areas. This technology helps patients receive treatments faster – and more conveniently – than if they had to travel to the specialists diagnosing and treating them.
Recently named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care organizations by the American Hospital Association’s flagship publication, “Hospitals & Health Networks”, Mercy is among only seven percent of hospitals nationwide with an integrated electronic health record (EHR) sophisticated enough to access and share medical records among multiple Mercy facilities in a four-state area.
Electronic health records make a patient’s extensive health information readily available to Mercy physicians, which helps prevent unnecessary treatments and duplication of expensive tests. EHR unlike paper records, safeguards information in the event of natural disasters, saves time waiting for records to be transported and minimizes mistakes resulting from poor handwriting or lost pieces of paper.
EHR also helps local physicians access the expertise of medical specialists in larger markets, like St. Louis, Springfield, MO, and Oklahoma City. Through Mercy’s EHR, those specialists in other markets have immediate access to a patient’s records and can help the local provider make informed decisions on treatments that could improve outcomes, and even save lives.
Valley View has been in Ada for years, and the impact Valley View has on the community does not go unnoticed at Mercy. The partnership also has precedent.
“It’s part of Mercy’s heritage to respond to need,” said Di Smalley, FACHE, regional president of Mercy in Oklahoma. “Mercy has always embraced communities when invited to meet health care needs. That’s our mission – to help.”