YOUNGSTOWN - Catholic Health Partners, the parent healthcare system of Humility of Mary Health Partners, has changed its name to Mercy Health.
The names of local healthcare facilities operating under the Humility of Mary Health Partners umbrella are expected to be altered slightly in coming years to include the "Mercy Health" name. Local healthcare facilities under HMHP include St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, St. Elizabeth's main campus in Youngstown and St. Elizabeth's Health Center in Boardman, along with many other ancillary facilities.
Mercy Health is Ohio's largest health system and fourth-largest employer, according to the company.
The effort to simplify the organization's structure will help maximize the company's quality and cost efficiency, said Michael D. Connelly, Mercy Health's president and CEO.
"Our new name is a symbol of the new way we are working together to improve the health of the communities we serve," Connelly said.
The system already operates under the "Mercy" name in five of its current seven markets, including Cincinnati, Toledo, Lorain and Springfield in Ohio, and Paducah, Ky.
Over the next several years, the Mercy Health name will be phased into all system facilities, including all HMHP facilities. In addition, the Ministry's website will change to mercy.com.
"We start with our patients at the center of every decision," said Kristen Hall Wevers, Mercy Health's chief brand, marketing and communications officer.
"Simplifying our operating structure improves our ability to maximize our clinical quality and cost effectiveness, and allows us to improve the overall experience patients and their families have when they seek our services in times of need."
HMHP President and CEO Bob Shroder said, "We are excited about coming together under one name as part of a comprehensive effort to transform healthcare and better serve the people of the Mahoning Valley.
"It is important for our patients to know that although the name of our facilities will change over time, the physicians, hospitals and outpatient centers will continue to provide the same high-quality care."
Mercy Health's roots date back to the mid-19th century, when religious women answered calls to serve poor and under-served people in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Railroad workers, immigrants and entire communities facing serious outbreaks of illness depended on congregations of religious women to establish hospitals and nursing schools.
During the same period, in Cincinnati, Jewish business leaders established a hospital to serve the city's growing Jewish population. A century-and-a-half later and for the last quarter century these hospitals, physicians and aligned services have been united in one organization dedicated to helping individuals and entire communities achieve better health. Today, that organization is united under the name, Mercy Health.
The system incorporated in 1986 as Mercy Health Care System. It changed its name to Catholic Healthcare Partners in 1997 to more accurately reflect the multiple religious communities that sponsored it.