Bon Secours completes merger with Mercy Health of Ohio

Bon Secours Health System and Mercy Health of Ohio announced Wednesday that they have completed a merger to create one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country.

The merger, described as a one of equals, creates a new Cincinnati-based system named Bon Secours Mercy Health that includes 43 hospitals in seven states.

The two health systems first announced in February that they were going to merge. Under the agreement, the two medical system’s will maintain their own identities. Patients should notice little difference as the current names are preserved on signage, uniforms and badges at the facilities each system now operates.

Mercy Health President and CEO John M. Starcher Jr. will head the new health system while Bon Secours board chairman Chris Allen will lead the new board.

Bon Secours, whiuch had been based in Marriottsville, owns or is affiliated with 20 hospitals in Maryland, Florida, Kentucky, New York, South Carolina and Virginia. Mercy Health, based in Cincinnati, operates 23 hospitals in Ohio and Kentucky. It is not affiliated with Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.

The Sisters of Bon Secours, a Catholic order devoted to the needs of the sick, established its first hospital in Baltimore in 1919. It remains affiliated with the combined health system.

Officials with both systems declined to comment about the merger.

The Bon Secours campus in West Baltimore will continue to be led by Dr. Samuel Ross. He also has been appointed to the new role of chief community health officer under the new entity. The West Baltimore campus serves a population with high levels of chronic conditions, is known for its programs that address health disparities. It runs a community outreach and social services arm that addresses issues such as unemployment, housing and food insecurity that impact health.

The merger also will bring together 50 home health agencies, hospice agencies, and skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities. The new health system will employ 57,000 associates and more than 2,100 physicians and other advanced clinicians.

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