We read with great interest about the pending transaction between Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (FTC wants more details on UPMC deal, Daily Dose, March 28).
Rest assured, this transaction is not about the competitive position of the healthcare providers in our community; it is about the communitys continued access to the care provided by MercyPittsburghs only remaining Catholic acute-care hospitalthe preservation of 3,400 jobs, and the ability of the Sisters of Mercy to continue to fulfill its mission of providing needed services to the underserved in our community.
The Sisters of Mercy, the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System board and Catholic Health East considered several strategic partners and options for continuing Mercys 160-year mission. Given the $25.3 million in uncompensated care Mercy provided to the community in 2006 and immediate capital needs, we saw no better option. No one wants to imagine Pittsburgh without a Mercy Hospital.
While the approvals process continues, we remain optimistic about Mercys future. We encourage all involved to view this transaction through the lens of what best serves the common good. We are confident that this transaction represents not only the best option for preserving Mercys mission, but that it is the best option for the community.
Sister Margaret HannanPresidentSisters of Mercy Regional Community
Jack McGinley Jr.ChairmanBoard of TrusteesPittsburgh Mercy Health System