Stepping back to its roots: Mercy Health sign unveiled at St. Rita’s


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



The Rev. Charles Obinwa, St. Rita’s priest and chaplain, prays during the celebration of Mercy Day and before the unveiling of the new medical center sign.

The Rev. Charles Obinwa, St. Rita’s priest and chaplain, prays during the celebration of Mercy Day and before the unveiling of the new medical center sign.


Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

LIMA — In a reflection on it’s heritage, St. Rita’s officially changed it’s name to Mercy Health on Monday. The official unveiling of it’s new sign was complete with confetti cannons and Kool & The Gang’s song “Celebration.”

The change reflects the legacy of the hospital, said Bob Baxter, CEO and senior vice president of Mercy Health, Lima and Toledo regions.

“In 1827, Mother Catherine McAuley opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland. Just years later she founded the Sisters of Mercy, a group of highly devoted women whose pledge was to show mercy to anyone in need and to remain agile enough to adjust to those needs throughout time,” Baxter said. “That calling has remained true to this day. It was the Sisters of Mercy who built St. Rita’s right here on this lot 99 years ago, remaining true to their mission providing care to those who suffered.

While the name change truly reflects the history of St. Rita’s, there will be no change in services.

“This is just a reflection of who we’ve been and really a recognition of our founding sisters and something that we’ve been a part of since we started. Mercy Health is really just an identity of being one and being a part of the largest health care systems in the state of Ohio,” said Dale Gisi, hospital president. “There absolutely will be no change in services. It’s really a transition. We’ve been a part of Catholic Health Partners for many years. We made a system name change to Mercy Health, again to better reflect our founding sisters.”

The advantages of the name change will be apparent to the patients and customers as they recognize the services that Mercy Health offers. There are 27 hospitals in Ohio that bear the Mercy Health name and two in Kentucky.

“We are on one health record and so that’s available throughout Mercy Health and throughout all of our hospitals, throughout our emergency rooms, throughout our urgent cares and primary care companies,” Gisi said.

Baxter also emphasized the name change does not affect any of the services.

“It’s a reflection of our past and where we’re going but it doesn’t impact services, doesn’t impact our physicians, nothing, outside just the name change itself and how we communicate that,” Baxter said.

The ceremony was a celebration of history and a call for all to be committed to giving mercy.

“Today is significant, as we honor our heritage and dedicate our continued commitment to mercy,” said Amy Marcum, vice president, mission and values integration at St. Rita’s, Mercy Health Lima Region.

The Rev. Charles Obinwa, St. Rita’s priest and chaplain, prays during the celebration of Mercy Day and before the unveiling of the new medical center sign.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_Mercy-Health_03co.jpgThe Rev. Charles Obinwa, St. Rita’s priest and chaplain, prays during the celebration of Mercy Day and before the unveiling of the new medical center sign. Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News

By Merri Hanjora

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