Bon Secours, Mercy Health reveal new name

July 24, 2018

Starcher Jr.

Bon Secours Health System and Cincinnati-based Mercy Health jointly announced Monday the two would be known collectively as Bon Secours Mercy Health once they complete a planned merger this fall.

If approved, the merger would create the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country and would serve patients across seven states, including Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, South Carolina and Florida.

John M. Starcher Jr., who currently is president and CEO of Mercy Health, has been announced as the president and CEO for the new organization. Bon Secours president and CEO Rich Statuto is set to retire in 2019.

“Our new ministry has an exciting future before it,” Starcher said in a release. “It is positioned to be more successful than Mercy Health and Bon Secours ever could be as separate entities. We will expand our services and programs, provide greater access in our markets to help and serve more people.

“We will be able to do even more for people who are poor, dying or underserved, providing almost two million dollars each day in community benefit as a combined entity.”

Bon Secours Mercy Health will operate under one board of directors led by chairman Chris Allen, who is currently chair of the Bon Secours Board of Trustees.

Bon Secours owns, manages or has joint ventures in 20 hospitals, including Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland. Mercy Health is the largest health system in Ohio, with 23 hospitals and 26 post-acute care facilities.

Combined, the Bon Secours Mercy Health system would operate 1,000 sites of care staffed by 57,000 employees.

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