As I begin my Interim CEO role, my goal at Mercy is to preserve the hospital’s identity and ensure the delivery of high quality Catholic health care in the community. This is even more important now due to the dramatic changes to the health care industry in our region and across the country. To do this, Mercy is evaluating strategic partnership and affiliation opportunities to accelerate the success of its physician alignment, ambulatory and population health strategies; build on successes of centers of excellence like cardiology and robotics; and ensure Mercy is the preferred health care facility in the marketplace for higher-quality care. We want our medical staff to find it the preferred place to bring their patients.
With so much activity in the marketplace, the uncertainty about the future of health care across the country, and new leadership here at Mercy, it’s understandable that there are rumors and concerns. As you know, we’ve been engaged in strategic planning and developing the vision for the future of Mercy. Key strategic initiatives for Mercy include controlling expenses, length of stay initiative, and controlling supply costs and purchased services in order to improve operations and reduce financial stress on the hospital. Part of this work also includes thoroughly reviewing opportunities to strengthen Mercy with partnerships or affiliations.
We have a solid and thorough process in place to help us review these opportunities. While we can’t share any details yet due to the competitive nature of the health care industry, we can tell you that we are fully committed to preserving and protecting Mercy as a valuable Catholic health care provider for this community. As soon as we have a definitive plan for how we will do that, we will share it with you. I look forward to working with you and thank you for choosing Mercy Medical Center as your hospital.
Paul Hiltz, Interim CEO