Mercy Quick Facts

Mercy Heritage

  • Sisters of Mercy Founder Catherine McAuley opens the first House of Mercy in 1827 in Dublin, Ireland
  • During the Crimean War, in the mid 1800s, Sisters of Mercy work alongside Florence Nightingale
  • First Mercy hospital in the world opens in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1857
  • By the late 1800s, the Sisters of Mercy found more schools than any other religious order in the English-speaking world
  • Central Bank of Ireland honors Founder Catherine McAuley for her impact on Irish culture by putting her picture on a £5 note
  • Sisters of Mercy are currently seeking sainthood through the Roman Catholic Church for Founder Catherine McAuley
  • Sisters of Mercy Health System, which was formed in 1986, transitions in 2011 to one name - Mercy - across four states

Just The Facts


  • Mercy Virtual Care Center, the first dedicated virtual facility in the world, uses technology to deliver care to patients 24/7/365 when and where they need it
  • Among the first organizations in the U.S. to have a comprehensive, integrated electronic health record that provides real-time, paperless access to patient information 
  • MyMercy, a free service, allows patients to connect online with their doctors, plus see medical information, view test results, renew prescriptions, schedule appointments and e-visits using a personal computer, tablet or smartphone
  • Health Information and Management Systems Society, a global leader in health care technology, designated Mercy a stage six of a seven-stage process, joining the ranks of health care leaders such as Johns Hopkins and Mayo Clinic 
  • $60 million data center provides fail-safe protection and power. When an EF5 tornado struck Mercy’s Joplin facility in 2011, patient records electronically backed up at offsite data center were immediately available 
  • Mercy SafeWatch, the largest single hub electronic ICU in the nation, provides 24-hour vigilance to critically ill patients. Alongside on-site medical teams, high-definition cameras and sophisticated technology allow specialized ICU physicians and nurses in a central command center to expand each patient’s care team 


  • Named 2015 "Most Wired" health care organization by the American Hospital Association - the twelfth time since 1999
  • Named a top health care supply chain operation in the world

By the Numbers (Fiscal Year 2014)

  • Acute Care Hospitals: 34 (29 owned, 5 managed)
  • Specialty Hospitals: 11 (includes heart, children's, rehab and orthopedic facilities)
  • Physician Practices and Outpatient Facilities: over 700
  • Service Area: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma
  • Outreach Ministries: Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas
  • Seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. 
  • Co-workers: 40,000
  • Acute Licensed Beds: 3,980
  • Mercy Clinic Physicians: over 2,000
  • Acute Inpatient Discharges: 150,696
  • Surgeries (Inpatient and Outpatient): 153,142
  • Emergency Visits: 631,444
  • Births: 23,213
  • Outpatient Visits: 8,415,797
  • Operating Revenue: $4.6 billion
  • Assets: $5.9 billion
  • Traditional Charity Care: $104.6 million
  • Unreimbursed Medicaid: $115.2 million
  • Other Community Benefits: $46 million

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