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Bon Secours and Mercy announce merger is finalized

A merger between Bon Secours Health System and Cincinnati-based Mercy Health System would create the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. (File photo)

The merger between Bon Secours Health System and Cincinnati-based Mercy Health System creates the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. (File photo)

Bon Secours Health System and Mercy Health announced Wednesday that they have officially merged, forming a large health system including Baltimore’s Bon Secours Hospital.

The new system, Bon Secours Mercy Health, announced in July that John M. Starcher, the leader of the Cincinnati-based Mercy Health, would lead the enterprise.

Bon Secours President and CEO Rich Statuto will serve as an adviser before retiring next year.

Mercy Health is not affiliated with Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center.

Combined, the two health systems make up one of the five largest Catholic health systems in the country, with more 43 hospitals and 57,000 employees.

The health systems announced last February that they intended to merge, creating an entity with a combined $8 billion in revenue and $293 million in income.

Mercy is the largest health system in Ohio. The combined system will include operations in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia.

As part of the new system’s operations, it will provide charity care of about $2 million a day and $640 million annually.

The system also announced its senior leadership team Wednesday.

“We have been blessed with an abundance of leadership talent across both Bon Secours and Mercy Health,” Starcher said in a statement. “Each of these leaders brings significant experience and a clear vision for how we can work together to ensure patients remain at the center of everything we do. Their leadership and expertise will be key to our success as we continue working to integrate physician, clinical and operational leadership across our growing ministry and transform the way we provide care to the communities we serve.”

The following senior leaders will report directly to Starcher.

  • Chief Operating Officer Brian Smith
  • Chief Clinical Officer Wael Haidar, MD
  • Chief Financial Officer Debbie Bloomfield
  • Chief Strategy Officer David Cannady
  • Chief Administrative Officer Mark Nantz
  • Chief Enterprise Risk Officer Jeff Oak
  • Chief Legal Officer Michael Bezney
  • Chief Community Health Officer Sam Ross, MD
  • Chief Sponsorship and Mission Officer Sr. Anne Lutz, CBS

 

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