SAYRE, Okla. - The ink is nearly dry on a contract that its signers hope will ensure quality health care is available in Sayre for a long time to come.
Mercy has entered a six-month interim management agreement with Sayre Memorial Hospital and appointed Jim Grocholski, formerly CEO of Memorial Hospital of Texas County, in Guymon, Okla., as interim CEO. Ownership of the hospital will remain with the Sayre Memorial Hospital Board, but Mercy will provide expertise on managing the facility and its operations.
“We’ve seen Mercy help other communities in similar situations,” said Grocholski, who himself has a record of improving efficiencies and increasing numbers at rural hospitals. “We want to ensure residents of Sayre and surrounding communities continue to have access to the top technologies and specialists available.”
In addition to its reputation for excellence and faith-based values, Mercy brings to Sayre an array of resources that most community hospitals don’t have, like an integrated supply chain that provides for value-based purchasing. Because of its size, Mercy can purchase medications and supplies in volume and at a lower cost than an independent hospital.
In the coming months, Mercy will support Grocholski’s team as they perform audits that help them decide where to focus efforts that will most benefit the hospital and community.
According to the latest numbers from the Rural Health Research Gateway, 46 community hospitals closed each year between 1990 and 2000.
More and more rural hospitals are relying on large hospital partners in order to continue providing health care to rural communities. Mercy is one of the most respected hospitals in Oklahoma,” said Robert Lakey, former chairman and active member of the Sayre Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. “A partnership like this means we can still meet the medical needs of our community in the short-term and it’s our best chance to keep a hospital in Sayre long-term.”
In Oklahoma, Mercy is over 40 clinics and more than a dozen hospitals strong. As Sayre Memorial Hospital joins that network of care, its doctors, nurses, administrators and staff will enjoy support from Mercy experts in pharmacy, finance, legal, operations, human resources, patient satisfaction, physician recruitment and medical technologies, among other things.
“We’re excited to share our experience to benefit the people of Sayre,” said Cindy Carmichael, Mercy vice president of rural development. “Oklahomans – regardless of their proximity to a metro – need care in their home communities. It’s part of our mission to ensure all Oklahomans have access to quality health care now and in the future.”
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 1,600 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.