March 2010

Mercy in Durango to be Integrated with Centura Health

The CHI Board of Stewardship Trustees approved a proposal to integrate Mercy Regional Medical Center, Durango, CO, into the Centura Health family of hospitals. This followed a unanimous recommendation by Mercy’s Board of Directors and approval by the Centura Board of Trustees. Many decisions are still to be made, including when the transfer will take place and how it will affect Mercy and Centura. Mercy will become Centura Health’s 12th hospital, and is the only CHI-sponsored hospital in Colorado that was not already part of Centura. The consolidation helps fulfill Centura Health’s 2020 strategic plan and is consistent with the mission and vision of CHI.

The integration will expand Centura’s statewide presence to better meet the needs of the communities served. The integration of Centura and Mercy will facilitate shared best practices, linked systems of care, transparent exchanges of patient records and more consistent clinical quality across the state. In addition, patients in the Durango area will maintain local access to physician specialty services with improved access to physician specialty care through the Centura network. Centura already successfully operates the Mercy Health Foundation, Centura Health at Home and the Hospice of Mercy in Durango.