City officials signed a lease agreement July 1 with Mercy Health System of Oklahoma, changing Parkview Hospital to Mercy Hospital El Reno. Since then, Mercy also launched a new El Reno clinic in August.
Parkview initially entered into a management agreement with Mercy in April 2009. Now, as a leased facility, the city will retain ownership of the buildings and equipment, while Mercy will own all operations.
“Mercy has long stood for community and recognizes the need for quality health care,” said Barbara Tallant, president of Mercy Hospital El Reno. “The first Sisters of Mercy came to Oklahoma before statehood and provided compassionate care to the communities they served. It continues today. Mercy is committed to the long haul.”
A 3,500-square-foot clinic – once the home of Parkview’s home health – opened its doors in August. Family physicians Orson Rodriquez, M.D., and Robert DiCintio, PA-C, have been serving a steady stream of patients since opening.
According to a recently released report by Sg2 – a national health care data service – the El Reno area is underserved in the number of physicians. Within the next three years, the demand is expected to increase further.
“Our work across Oklahoma is to strengthen community health and provide a fully functioning team to meet those needs,” said Di Smalley, president of Mercy West Communities (Oklahoma). “Our goal is to provide quality health care close to home.”