Mercy leaders formally announced last week that Johnston County’s only hospital will be leased and operated as Mercy Hospital Tishomingo.
The 25-bed hospital – formerly known as Johnston Memorial Hospital – is now part of Mercy’s growing family of rural medical facilities statewide, joining Mercy Memorial Health Center in Ardmore, Mercy Hospital El Reno and Healdton Mercy Hospital. Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada and Mercy Love County in Marietta are medical centers presently managed by Mercy.
“We welcome the Mercy Hospital Tishomingo co-workers, their families and the close-knit community of Tishomingo into the Mercy community,” said Cindy Carmichael, Mercy’s vice president of rural development. “The Sisters of Mercy have a long history of serving communities around the world, and this is yet another commitment by this ministry to deliver health care where it’s most needed. We are proud to serve Tishomingo and the greater Johnston County area.”
Mercy Hospital Tishomingo will continue to provide critical-access care to the region with three physicians, two physician assistants and more than 40 co-workers. Doctors and staff will also enjoy the technical and financial support of Mercy, which includes 28 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient facilities across Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri.
The Oklahoma roots of the Sisters of Mercy date back to 1884 when five Sisters arrived by wagon at the Sacred Heart Mission in Pottawatomie County. Leaning on faith, those Sisters answered a plea for help from Father Isidore Robot and ventured into the wilds of Indian Territory. They were following in the bold footsteps of Sisters of Mercy Founder Catherine McAuley, who opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1827.
“We are so pleased to be serving patients under the Mercy banner,” said Mary Owen, who will continue in her role as the hospital’s administrator. “This is truly a blessing for everyone in our region. Without Mercy and other caring people who were willing to make this happen, there’s no telling how long our rural hospital could have survived. I’m convinced we will now grow stronger than ever.”