38 | MERCY HEALTH

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WHAT IT DOES:

Mercy Health is a sys­tem with more than 80 net­work lo­ca­tions in the Cincin­nati area, in­clud­ing six hos­pi­tals. HOW IT GREW:

Mercy Health’s re­cent growth has come from a con­certed ef­fort to fill in the gaps of its cov­er­age in Cincin­nati. “We re­ally look to care for our community, and we did a very de­tailed ZIP code anal­y­sis of where we were able to serve pa­tients, and where we had gaps,” says Pres­i­dent and CEO James May. “Our strat­egy over the last five years has been to fill those gaps with am­bu­la­tory-care cen­ters, physi­cian of­fices, imag­ing cen­ters and in one case we even ac­quired a hospi­tal.”

While Mercy has been ex­pand­ing its phys­i­cal pres­ence, May says it has also ex­panded its fo­cus to stress pre­ven­tive care.

“We are a mis­sion-based or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is mov­ing into the next gen­er­a­tion of health­care, which is fo­cused on try­ing to keep peo­ple healthy,” May says. “There’s been an evo­lu­tion in health­care and we are proud to be lead­ing the pack.”

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