FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2011
St. John’s Mercy Hospital
901 East Fifth Street
Washington, MO 63090
Contact: Kate Miller 636-239-8885
Mercy Hosts Community Roundtable,
Announces Investment Plans for Franklin-County Region
Investments could reach $236 million within 10 years
Washington, MO – Mercy continued its series of annual community roundtables June 28 in Union. The
event featured getting feedback from community leaders regarding their vision for health care in their
towns as well as a presentation by Mercy executives that shared Mercy’s long-range goals for the
Franklin County Region.
The presenters were Doctors Jennifer Scheer and Tom Riechers of Mercy Clinic, Terri L. McLain,
president of St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Washington, Mike McCurry, chief operating officer for Mercy
health system, and Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy. Guests included leaders from schools,
businesses, churches, civic and social organizations.
McCurry and Britton shared Mercy’s plans to invest $236 million in the Franklin County region by
constructing modern facilities that patients find easily accessible and bringing in new physicians and
services. Five new facilities are planned. A highlight of the overall plan could come as early as in two
years with the addition of a multispecialty medical building. Additional development is planned for
Pacific and St. Clair.
“Our commitment to this region is deep, as evident by what we’ve outlined,” said Britton. “It’s an
investment in advancing medicine for the region and it will bring jobs to the area from construction to
Guests at each roundtable event are invited to discuss certain health care issues. At the June 28
meeting, about 140 guests discussed what is the role of the community in assuring ongoing good health
and what is essential to maintaining strong community medical or health services.
“The community roundtables have been an ongoing opportunity for everyone involved to participate in
how Mercy delivers health care locally,” said McLain. “For instance, many people expressed that they
were concerned about the health habits of our children. From that, we began a partnership with
HealthTeacher, an online health education program that Mercy now offers local schools.”
Britton added, “We entered into the roundtable events to listen and to gather feedback from the people
who live and work in the areas we serve. As we progress the planning, we will continue the
conversations and have an action plan to follow into the future that we design together with the very
people we serve. It is a very meaningful partnership – and one we hope will change health care as we
The community roundtable is part of a series of similar events being held in communities across the
seven-state region that Mercy serves.
Mercy is proud to celebrate 35 years of serving communities in Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, St.
Charles and Warren counties.
Mercy – Sisters of Mercy Health System – is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves
more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 28 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 36,000 co-
workers and 1,300 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach
ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.