Oklahoma Hospital Joins Mercy

October 1, 2014

SEILING, Okla. – Mercy has entered into a management agreement with Seiling Municipal Hospital in Seiling, Oklahoma, and has named Bobby Stitt as administrator, effective today.

Bobby Stitt, administrator of Mercy Hospital Watonga and

new administrator of Seiling Municipal Hospital

The agreement keeps ownership of the hospital with the community, while Mercy provides a hospital administrator and director of finance. In addition, Mercy will offer assistance with financial planning, leadership development, safety initiatives, physician recruitment, service line development and other functions key to operating a community hospital.

The 18-bed, critical-access hospital in northwest Oklahoma joins two managed facilities in Oklahoma by Mercy. Mercy also manages Oklahoma State University (OSU) Medical Center in Tulsa and Mercy Health Love County in Marietta.

Stitt is currently and will continue to be the administrator at Mercy Hospital Watonga. He has his bachelor’s degree in journalism and trained to become a registered nurse. He previously worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City and served as chief nursing officer of Kingfisher Regional Hospital, now called Mercy Hospital Kingfisher. Stitt has also worked in law enforcement in the U.S. Air Force and owned a construction company.

“It’s an exciting time for Seiling and its citizens, as well as Mercy,” said Stitt. “I am excited to begin work in this new role.”

The hospital and its dedicated providers and co-workers will continue to provide critical-access care to patients in the Seiling area.

“We welcome Seiling into the Mercy community,” said Cindy Carmichael, Mercy’s vice president of strategic development in Oklahoma. “For 187 years, Mercy has made a commitment to delivering health care where it’s needed most. We are proud to serve the Seiling area.”

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 the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the United States, serving millions of patients each year.

Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 34 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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