Mercy Buys Guthrie, OK, hospital

September 6, 2011

Mercy and Logan Medical Center in Guthrie, Okla., have reached an agreement to transfer ownership.

Logan Medical Center in Guthrie, Okla.

Logan Medical Center (LMC) and Mercy have reached an agreement that will transfer ownership of the hospital and its four clinics in Guthrie, Crescent and Edmond, to Mercy. The transaction will be finalized on Oct. 1 when LMC will become Mercy Hospital Logan County.

Earlier this year, Mercy was one of several entities invited to submit a proposal to purchase LMC – a 25-bed critical-access hospital based in Guthrie. In April, Logan Medical Center entered into a non-binding letter of intent with Mercy and the due diligence process that followed revealed that a partnership with Mercy was in the best interest of LMC patients, physicians, co-workers and the hospital itself.

“Mercy’s reputation for clinical excellence and compassionate patient care, as well as its operational expertise, is undisputed,” said Laurie Orme, MD, an internal medicine and pediatric physician at Logan Medical Center. “Mercy is mission-driven, like Logan Medical Center, so we share many common values. We’re excited to join the Mercy ministry and this partnership will enhance our ability to serve Guthrie and Logan County.”

Logan Medical Center is the latest facility to join Mercy’s growing family of community hospitals, all of which are linked by Mercy’s integrated electronic health record (EHR). Recently named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care organizations by the American Hospital Association’s flagship publication, Hospitals & Health Networks, Mercy is among only 4 percent of hospitals nationwide with an EHR sophisticated enough to access and share medical records among multiple Mercy facilities in a four-state area.

“This new technology was put to the test in May after a tornado hit our Mercy hospital in Joplin,” said David Tew, chief operating officer for Mercy in Oklahoma. “Hospital contents were carried for dozens of miles along a path of destruction, but our electronic health record preserved this sensitive information and ensured that it was instantly available.”

Here in Oklahoma, Mercy hospitals are found in Ardmore, El Reno, Healdton, Oklahoma City, Tishomingo and now Guthrie.

“We welcome Logan Medical Center co-workers, their families and the Logan County community into the Mercy family,” said Cindy Carmichael, Mercy’s vice president of rural development. “Mercy has a long history of serving people around the world, and this is yet another commitment by Mercy to strengthen the delivery of health care in another deserving community. We are proud to serve Guthrie and the Logan County area.”

LMC’s eight physicians are set to join Mercy Clinic – a physician-led, multi-specialty group that includes more than 200 providers in 45 locations across Oklahoma. Both doctors and Logan Medical Center’s 305 co-workers will enjoy the support and resources of the Mercy health ministry, which includes 29 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient facilities across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

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