Mercy and Patients First Reach Agreement

March 13, 2012

Patients First Health Care and Mercy have reached a collaborative agreement to consolidate cancer services.  The effective date for the Cancer Center integration is planned for April 1, 2012.

Under the terms of the agreement, Mercy will purchase all tangible assets and equipment of the Patients First Cancer Center and lease its space.  The agreement calls for renovations to be made to the Patients First Cancer Center.  Upon completion, Mercy will move all oncology and infusion services to the Patients First building.  The facility will enable expansion of cancer services in the future, should the need arise.    

Mercy will continue treating patients at its current location in the Mercy Medical Building at 851 East Fifth Street, Suite 108 in Washington until construction is complete.  Likewise, Patients First will continue treating patients at its current location at 901 Patients First Drive in Washington until construction begins.  Patients will be notified by letter with additional details.

“The collaboration with Mercy is intended to provide Franklin County-area residents a stronger cancer care team with the combined medical resources and compassionate care of Mercy and Patients First,” said David E. Chalk, MD, chairman of Patients First. “Our patients deserve the best comprehensive treatment close to where they live and work.”

“This is an important step forward for Patients First and Mercy,” said Terri L. McLain, president of Mercy Hospital Washington. “Bringing the best health care to the people we jointly serve is the No. 1 priority for both organizations, and this agreement reflects our commitment to doing what’s best for our communities.”

Dr. Jennifer Scheer, medical director, Mercy Clinic Franklin County, and Dr. Muhammad Mirza, Mercy medical oncologist, will lead the united cancer care team, which includes Patients First and Mercy providers and co-workers, through this transition.

Mercy and Patients First continue to explore other opportunities for integration. The process is expected to continue into late spring.

“The collaboration on cancer services is a direct result of both sides listening to the needs of our communities,” said Mike McCurry, Mercy chief operating officer. “We are optimistic that further discussions will lead to even more opportunities for us to share our resources and jointly provide the best medicine to those we serve.”

About Mercy

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit

About Patients First Health Care

Patients First Health Care is a Washington, Missouri-based health care system offering quality, convenience and value close to home for patients throughout east central Missouri. Patients First Health Care takes a team-approach to health care, providing patients with access to quality, board-certified or board-eligible physicians, including primary care and 17 specialties in 20 convenient patient centers across six counties. Established in 1998, as a physician-directed organization the needs of the patient come first. Patients First Health Care offers five treatment centers, urgent care and outpatient surgery. For more information, please contact (636) 231-3629 or visit

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