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Mercy Health System

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania Health System, Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Mercy) and St. Mary Medical Center (St. Mary) have announced an alliance to focus on the development of joint clinical care programs and population health initiatives to improve health care throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

Mercy, St. Mary and Penn Medicine will partner to improve the care of the population served in Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia counties while facilitating access to Penn Medicine for Mercy and St. Mary patients’ tertiary and quaternary health care needs. The alliance will also focus on developing joint clinical care programs, such as cancer care, cardiology and surgical services in Bucks County and the surrounding areas. In West Philadelphia, the partnership will also explore similar clinical programs and improve upon regional population health initiatives exploring gaps in preventive care, and provide improved access to care for patients with high-risk, high-cost health conditions.

“Both Mercy and St. Mary share Penn Medicine’s dedication to high-quality, compassionate care and community service. With this new alliance, we will be able to combine those values with Penn Medicine’s nationally-recognized expertise in complex and specialty care,” said Ralph W. Muller, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. “We are excited to work with these new partners to develop innovative public health programs and initiatives that will offer patients continued access to high-quality care close to home, as well as advanced care at Penn Medicine hospitals when needed.”

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Mercy and St. Mary remain members of Trinity Health, the second-largest Catholic health care system in the United States.

“We are confident this new strategic alliance – bringing together Mercy Health System’s deep ties to our communities and Penn Medicine’s academic medicine expertise – will allow us to further our mission of serving as a compassionate and transforming healing presence,” said Susan Croushore, President and CEO of Mercy Health System. “We look forward to collaborating on the joint development of innovative clinical care programs and ultimately helping to strengthen the overall health of our communities.”

“The strategic alliance between St. Mary Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania Health System will bring the best of community-based and academic medicine together for the residents of Bucks County,” said James Woodward, President and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center. “Through the addition of new surgical sub-specialties in services such as cancer care, joint expansion of ambulatory services in Bucks County, and the addition of new programs such as Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse treatment, both St. Mary and Penn will be able to expand access to high-quality care provided at lower cost to the region. We look forward to a very strong and mutually beneficial long-term relationship.”

Mercy Health System is the largest Catholic health care system serving the Greater Philadelphia region, with more than 6,500 employees. It is comprised of three acute-care hospitals: Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, and Nazareth Hospital as well as Mercy Home Health, a home health care agency serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties; and Mercy LIFE, an all-inclusive in-home elderly care program.


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First opened in Philadelphia in 1860 by the Sisters of St. Francis, St. Mary Medical Center is located in Langhorne, PA. St. Mary Medical Center offers advanced non-invasive treatments, adult and pediatric emergency services, inpatient medical and rehabilitation facilities, along with supportive health and wellness classes. St. Mary Medical Center provides advanced care across four primary Centers of Excellence – cardiology, oncology, orthopedics, and emergency and trauma services.  LIFE St. Mary brings medical, health, social services and home care to area seniors. St. Mary’s outreach to underserved communities includes the Community Ministries in Bensalem – the Mother Bachmann Maternity Center, Children’s Health Center and Family Resource Center – as well as ongoing support for the Adult Health Clinic operated by the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership.

Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, excellence in patient care, and community service. The organization consists of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Penn’s Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school.

The Perelman School of Medicine is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $550 million awarded in the 2022 fiscal year. Home to a proud history of “firsts” in medicine, Penn Medicine teams have pioneered discoveries and innovations that have shaped modern medicine, including recent breakthroughs such as CAR T cell therapy for cancer and the mRNA technology used in COVID-19 vaccines.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System’s patient care facilities stretch from the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania to the New Jersey shore. These include the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Chester County Hospital, Lancaster General Health, Penn Medicine Princeton Health, and Pennsylvania Hospital—the nation’s first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional facilities and enterprises include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, Penn Medicine at Home, Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Princeton House Behavioral Health, among others.

Penn Medicine is an $11.1 billion enterprise powered by more than 49,000 talented faculty and staff.

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