LIMA — The sale of Mercy Health-Children’s Hospital in Toledo to Nationwide Children’s, announced jointly by the two hospitals on Thursday, will have no effect on pediatric services offered at Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, according to a hospital spokesperson.
Cory Werts, chief nursing officer at St. Rita’s, on Friday said the Lima hospital has had an excellent working relationship with Children’s Hospital for nearly a decade. She said patients in the greater Lima area can “look forward to the same great pediatric care they have always enjoyed.”
Werts said local physicians have access to specialists and specialized services through Nationwide Children’s and can offer in-hospital pediatric services to patients from birth through age 17, including a special care nursery for premature births.
“We do contract with Nationwide for outpatient services also, ” Werts said.
Rick Miller, chief operating officer of Nationwide Children’s, said in a statement issued Thursday announcing the purchase of the Toledo children’s hospital that “Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Mercy Health-Children’s Hospital share a mission to advance pediatric health care services for children and their families in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.”
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.
The change in ownership at the Toledo hospital will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022, more than a year away. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
Besides Mercy Health-Children’s, Miller said there are no plans for Nationwide Children’s to acquire additional hospitals.
Nationwide Children’s was named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 list of Best Children’s Hospitals.