Nationwide Children’s Hospital to acquire Mercy Children’s

Press Staff Writer

        As an extension of their current collaborative partnership, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will acquire Mercy Health — Children's Hospital effective Jan. 1, 2022.
        Based in Columbus, Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a nationally recognized pediatric hospital and research center. Consistently named to the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll list of America’s top 10 children’s hospitals, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has more than 1.6 million patient visits annually representing patients from all 50 states and 45 countries in addition to providing more than $191 million in charity care and community benefit services annually.
        Nationwide Children’s and Mercy Health — Children's became formal affiliates on Jan. 1, 2020. Since that time, the two hospitals have partnered closely to advance subspecialty pediatric physician recruitment, enhance continuing medical education and improve care coordination for families in Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
        The partnership will further Mercy Health – Children’s Hospitals mission to provide high quality, compassionate care for children throughout the community, said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo. “Children and families will benefit from having Nationwide Children’s expertise and resources in our community.”
        The two health systems will continue to collaborate through and beyond the transition via population health initiatives and research integration. Following the transition, the current facility space that houses Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital will be leased by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Other details regarding staffing and operations are still being finalized by Bon Secours Mercy Health and Nationwide Children’s Hospital as they work collaboratively to prepare for the transition.
        “I am excited to welcome Nationwide Children’s Hospital even more tightly into our community,” said Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. “Our community thanks Mercy Health for bringing in a world-class partner and recognizes its leadership in putting the needs of our children and families first.”
        “Mercy Health has long cared for the most vulnerable of our community and I’m pleased to see that they have brought in a partner who shares that vision of providing the highest-quality of care to all in need,” added Ohio Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson. “Our children deserve to receive the world-class care that Nationwide Children’s is known for and I’m looking forward to welcoming Nationwide as a permanent member of our region.”


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