VIRGINIA BEACH — Two Catholic healthcare systems announced on Wednesday that they plan to merge together in upcoming months, bringing joint medical care to seven states in the eastern portion of the country.
Bon Secours Health System and Mercy Health are working to finalize the merger, which will create the fifth-largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States, according to a news release.
“As consumers grapple with the implications of health care reform in a dynamic marketplace, Mercy Health and Bon Secours share a vision to improve the health of the communities we serve as the low-cost, high-value provider,” Mercy Health President and CEO John Starcher, Jr. wrote in a news release.
Together the healthcare system will employ more than 57,000 people, including 2,100 physicians and clinicians over the span of 43 hospitals and more than 1,000 care sites, the news release states.
“This merger ensures a strong future for our shared health ministry as we work to bring health and wholeness to those we so humbly serve,” Sister Patricia Eck, a Bon Secours chairperson, wrote in a news release.