Mercy has entered into a management agreement with Kingfisher Regional Hospital in Kingfisher, Okla.
The agreement, effective April 1, keeps ownership of the hospital with the community, while Mercy will provide assistance with financial planning, leadership development, safety initiatives, physician recruitment, service line development and other functions key to operating a community health center.
The 25-bed hospital joins Mercy’s growing family of managed rural medical facilities across Oklahoma, including Valley View Regional Hospital in Ada and Mercy Love County Hospital in Marietta.
“We welcome Kingfisher Regional Hospital 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 the Kingfisher area.”
Kingfisher Regional Hospital will continue to provide critical-access care to the Kingfisher area with five physicians, one physician assistant, one nurse practitioner, 14 specialists and 136 co-workers.
Mercy traces its roots back to 1827, when Catherine McAuley founded the very first House of Mercy to care for the sick and needy of Dublin, Ireland. This dedication to service expanded through the years and in 1884, five Sisters of Mercy arrived at the Sacred Heart Mission in present-day Oklahoma to administer education and health care. Mercy has since grown into a broad-based health ministry that serves communities and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.
“This partnership will strengthen our hospital,” said Nancy Schmid, CEO of Kingfisher Regional Hospital. “It will help us financially, with physician recruitment and in the development of new physician practices. We look forward to working with Mercy.”