Our Mercy health system was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1986. But our heritage goes back more than 185 years. It began with an Irish woman named Catherine McAuley, who wanted to help the poor women and children of Dublin. Though Catherine had a modest upbringing, she received an unexpected inheritance that allowed her to fulfill her dreams. In 1827, she opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, intending to teach skills to poor women and educate children. Many volunteers came to help. A few years later, Catherine founded the Sisters of Mercy, the first religious order not bound to the rules of the cloister, whose Sisters were free to walk among the poor and visit them in their homes. By the time Catherine died in 1841, there were convents in Ireland and England, and in 1843, the Sisters of Mercy came to the United States. In 1871, they traveled to St. Louis and from there throughout the Midwest, beginning what would, today be known as Mercy.
Across four states, a team of more than 2,100 Mercy primary and specialty care physicians, 600 advanced practitioners and supporting staff deliver health care services through more than 300 offices.
Mercy serves a variety of special needs, particularly for low-income patients, in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Mercy ministries include.
At Mercy Virtual, a first of its kind virtual care center, patient care is delivered wherever it’s needed: 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Mercy’s IT Division is focused on providing technology-driven improvements in patient care. Mercy Technology Services (MTS), provides and manages technology solutions for Mercy, the nation’s first health care provider accredited by Epic, to offer a full suite of electronic health record solutions to other hospitals. MTS’ award-winning data analytics integrate care delivery, manage costs and support a model of care that keeps patients healthier.