TROY, Mo. – The Lincoln County Medical Center Board of Trustees recently approved an agreement for Lincoln County Medical Center (LCMC) to become part of Mercy, effective March 1. All LCMC operations will be managed by Mercy, including its eight affiliated physician clinics in Troy, Winfield and Elsberry, and its LCMC Home Health services. The 25-bed hospital will be Mercy’s fourth hospital in eastern Missouri, joining Mercy-owned hospitals in St. Louis, Crystal City and Washington, and the 35th hospital across Mercy’s four-state area.
“The board’s decision to enter into discussions with Mercy has been confirmed through an extensive process of due diligence, and we couldn’t be more pleased to become part of the Mercy network,” said Dale Cope, chairman of Lincoln County Medical Center Board of Directors. “The medical center is an important community resource for the residents of Lincoln County, and as part of Mercy it has a bright new future.”
Don Kalicak, regional vice president of business development for Mercy in eastern Missouri, said the partnership is a natural extension of Mercy’s footprint and mission within a growing region. “In recent years we’ve significantly expanded our reach through the addition of new hospitals, physician groups and outpatient facilities to the south and west of the greater St. Louis area. The addition of Lincoln County Medical Center extends our scope in the tri-county region, enabling us to better serve residents who live in communities adjacent to our current service area.”
“We understand that patients want care close to home, and this agreement strengthens the ability of the hospital and its physicians to provide community-based care,” said Donn Sorensen, regional president for Mercy. “It also connects them to all of the resources and specialized care available through Mercy’s extensive network of hospitals, specialists and advanced technologies.”
While March 1 marks the organization’s first day as part of Mercy, other changes will occur over time including the assembly of a transition team with Mercy and LCMC leaders. One of the most visible changes will be the renaming of the hospital as Mercy Hospital Lincoln. Also this spring, Mercy will launch a community-based planning process to serve as the basis for future change.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 35 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and two orthopedic hospitals, 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.
In the east Missouri region, Mercy’s services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, 251-bed hospital in Crystal City and Mercy Clinic, a 600-member multi-specialty physician organization. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.