Mercy, Bon Secours health systems announce plans to merge

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Mercy Health has announced plans to merge with another Catholic health ministry to become one of the country's largest health providers.

Mercy Health and Bon Secours Health, which serves residents on the east coast, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

According to a release, the merger will allow the combined providers to serve customers in seven states in the eastern half of the U.S.

“As consumers grapple with the implications of Health Care Reform in a dynamic marketplace, Mercy Health and Bon Secours share a vision to improve the health of the communities we serve as the low-cost, high-value provider,” said John M. Starcher, Jr., Mercy Health President and CEO in a release. “Working together, our strong faith-based heritage fuels our mutual focus to provide efficient and effective health care for each patient who comes through our doors.”

Together, Mercy and Bon Secours will be able to serve more than 10 million patients with 43 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites.

The combination will also make the pair one of the top 20 health systems in the nation and the fifth largest Catholic health system with $8 billion in net operating revenue.