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Aurora hospital undergoes name change

Friday, February 10, 2012

Doug Stroemel, president of Mercy Hospital Aurora, and Kathleen Schnelle, director of surgical services were on hand to celebrate the recent name changes at Mercy Hospital Aurora and Mercy Hospital Cassville. The name change took effect on Feb. 1 and will reflect the mission of all St. John's-affiliated hospitals in seven states. [Photo courtesy of Mercy Hospitals]
Area residents may have noticed a recent name change at a familiar community hospital located in Aurora.

St. John's Hospital-Aurora is now Mercy Hospital in Aurora. The change resulted from an effort to integrate systems in over 100 communities to an easily recognizable single-named entity: Mercy.

Unifying all of the St. John's affiliates under the Mercy name will be less confusing to patients who choose to have their healthcare needs provided by the same entity, whether it is visiting a doctor, an urgent care center or a major health care facility that provides surgery and trauma care. All electronic patient records are easily accessible throughout the seven-state system in order to provide the best health care choices and resources to patients.

The first three Sisters of Mercy, Sister M. Alacoque Kelley, Sister Mary Xavier Kinsella and Sister Mary Stanislaus Tennelly, traveled by stagecoach from St. Louis to Springfield in October 1891 to serve in an eight-room building that would serve as both a four-bed hospital and home for the three. They ministered to the ill and infirm following five core values that continue to guide the Mercy system today: dignity, excellence, justice, service and stewrdship.

Since that time, the hospital has expanded the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the United States and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Mercy's logo now exhibits the outer extensions of the cross in various colors, representing a ministry that is diverse but aligned around a common purpose, and forms a cross-within-a-cross, a contemporary version of the original cross that Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, adopted for her ministry.

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