Mercy Regional Medical Center to Join Centura Health

Integration into state's largest health care network unites all Catholic Health Initiatives hospitals in Colorado

"Becoming part of such a well-respected, statewide network of hospitals is something we look forward to," said Keith Newbold, chairman of Mercy's board of directors. "Mercy is an excellent hospital and I think this will benefit the Centura Health network and Mercy alike."

Based in Englewood, Colo., Centura Health is Colorado's largest health care system. It operates 12 hospitals, seven senior living communities, medical clinics, Flight For Life Colorado and home care and hospice services, including Mercy Health Foundation, Mercy Home Health and Hospice of Mercy in Durango.

"We are pleased to become more closely aligned with the other Catholic Health Initiatives facilities in Colorado," said Kirk Dignum, president and CEO of Mercy Regional Medical Center. "Mercy's integration into Centura Health means that area residents who need specialty care or technology not available locally will have seamless access to a broad network of facilities and specialists that provide the same quality, compassionate care that Mercy is known for."

By coordinating efforts, Mercy Regional Medical Center and Centura Health will be better able to meet the needs of all Coloradans, according to Gary Campbell, president and CEO of Centura Health. "The integration of Centura Health and Mercy Regional Medical Center facilitates shared best practices, linked systems of care, coordinated growth strategies, and other synergies across the Centura Health network," said Gary Campbell, president and CEO of Centura Health. "This consolidation is consistent with the mission and vision of Centura Health, and the union expands our statewide presence, positioning Centura Health to be better able to meet the needs of the communities we serve," he added.

Mercy's integration into the Centura Health network follows CHI's strategy of regional unification. This integration is similar to what has been done with CHI hospitals in other regions where the system operates, including Kentucky, Nebraska, the Pacific Northwest, and the Dakotas.

Mercy Regional Medical Center is is a full-service, acute care hospital. As a not-for-profit medical hospital and member of Catholic Health Initiatives, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves. See www.mercydurango.org for more information.

Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver. The faith-based system includes 77 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; and two community health-services organizations in 20 states. Catholic Health Initiatives ranks as the nation's second-largest Catholic health care system. See www.catholichealthinitiatives.org for more information