Mercy Announces Merger in Hot Springs

August 4, 2010

HealthPark Hospital photo courtesy

of Richard Rasmussen and the

Hot Springs Sentinel Record.

St. Joseph’s Mercy, HealthPark Hospital and HealthFirst Physicians Group announced a multimillion dollar merger today paving the way to provide more services to more people in Arkansas.

“For patients, this partnership will be seamless,” said Tim Johnsen, CEO of St. Joseph’s Mercy. “HealthFirst patients will continue to see the same doctors and providers at the locations they’ve always visited. The real benefit for patients is access to more specialists, enhanced technology and care that will soon be connected to a comprehensive electronic medical record ensuring greater safety in patient care throughout Mercy facilities in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.”

As a part of the merger, Mercy will acquire HealthPark Hospital, Hot Springs Village Clinic and the new 21,000-square-foot medical office building adjacent to HealthPark Hospital. The partnership will also include the addition of 19 physicians, eleven mid-level providers and more than 250 HealthFirst employees.

Robert Olive, M.D. gives the only master

key to Health Park Hospital to St. Joseph’s

Mercy President/CEO Tim Johnsen.

Photo courtesy of Richard Rasmussen

and the Hot Springs Sentinel Record.

“This is really a win-win for everyone because by joining Mercy, we give our patients access to more than 80 multi-specialty physicians,” said Chris Young, M.D., Orthopedic Associates of Arkansas surgeon. “Our patients will now have obstetrics and gynecology and Mercy patients will have access to three orthopedic surgeons and a psychiatrist. This provides a coordination of care never available before in Hot Springs and the surrounding areas.”

Others echo that sentiment.

“Being a part of Mercy allows our physicians to tap into a vast network of resources,” said Don Bodemann, M.D., HealthFirst internal medicine physician, who cited Mercy’s electronic medical record (EMR) as an example of a tremendous advantage for physicians. “Mercy is among 2 percent of hospitals in the nation with a comprehensive EMR which ultimately advances care for our patients. Mercy also recently invested in a high-tech robot that means less invasive surgery for many of our patients. It’s exciting to call ourselves Mercy.”

Today’s announcement continues Mercy’s community health plan that includes physician integration, EMR, quality and safety initiatives and enhanced coordination of health services.

“Mercy is working every day to create a health care delivery model that is more coordinated, more efficient, more personal and easier to access,” said Johnsen. “We are committed to the communities we serve.”

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