ST. LOUIS-Two hospitals have joined the Sisters of Mercy Health System-St. Louis. St. Clement Hospital in Red Bud, Ill., about 40 miles southeast of St. Louis, became part of SMHS May 1. It will operate as a part of Unity Health System, a St. Louis-area hospital network. Along with St. Clement, Maria-Care Nursing Home in Red Bud joins SMHS. SMHS is leasing and operating the facility; it continues to be owned by its sponsor, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, Ruma Province. St. Clement is a 105-bed acute- and skilled-care hospital. MariaCare has 115 beds.
Meanwhile, Memorial Hospital of Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore signed a letter of intent May 9 to be purchased by Mercy Health System Oklahoma, a part of SMHS. Financial terms were not disclosed. Proceeds from the sale will be managed by the Southern Oklahoma Memorial Foundation, on behalf of community needs. Memorial was founded by the community in 1955 and is an acute-care hospital with 278 beds and 866 employees. It has not had a religious affiliation, but it henceforth will operate as a Catholic hospital. Ardmore is 100 miles south of Oklahoma City. This further develops Mercy's network in Oklahoma. Mercy already operates St. Mary's Mercy Hospital in Enid and Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City and other health services.
BATON ROUGE, La.-The Louisiana Business Group on Health unveiled plans to design a managed-care report card to measure satisfaction with and quality of local health plans. The project will include a survey of corporate benefit managers and employees. So far, 56 employees have committed to the project. Four managed-care plans have agreed to report data on seven quality indicators, such as Caesarean section rates and immunization rates. Officials said five other companies were given an opportunity to participate in the program but declined or did not respond.