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Saint Marys, Methodist hospitals to merge, become Mayo Clinic Hospital

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Effective Jan. 1, Saint Marys and Methodist hospitals will merge into a single licensed hospital to be called Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester.

"The transition marks the next step in hospital integration that began in 1986," Mayo said today in a news release. It's being done "to better reflect Mayo Clinic's integrated hospital practice, ensure accurate reporting of data, and reinforce our ability to prove the value of Mayo Clinic care, while still honoring the commitment to the organization's founders' values."

In 1986, the long-standing relationship among the three organizations was formalized under a common governance and management structure.

Mayo currently has a single integrated hospital practice divided between two hospital licenses and two legal entities. Regulations require separate reporting of quality, financial and operating data to organizations such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission and The Leapfrog Group.

"Separate hospital reporting has increasingly resulted in an incomplete and incorrect picture of Mayo Clinic's care," the release said. Merging will make it easier for government and non-government entities to get financial data and for patients to have a more accurate picture of care at Mayo.

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The clinic, Saint Marys and Methodist "have enjoyed a partnership founded on trust, mutual respect and commitment to meeting the needs of each patient," said Dr. John Noseworthy, president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. "Mayo Clinic cherishes and will remain steadfast to that commitment."

The change was approved by the Academy of Our Lady of Lourdes (Sisters of Saint Francis) and Saint Marys will no longer be designated as a Catholic health care institution in the Catholic Health Care Directory.

Though the Catholic identity and the name of Saint Marys Hospital will change, the chapel will continue to be used as a Catholic chapel, a public place of worship available to patients, their families, employees, and local residents, said Sister Marilyn Geiger, Sisters of Saint Francis.

Under the agreement, chaplains at both hospitals will continue their work, the Saint Marys' convent will remain and the Sisters of Saint Francis presence will be the same.

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