Mercy Children's Hospital
In 1996, the University of Toledo College of Medicine (formerly the Medical College of Ohio), which operated the inpatient and ambulatory pediatric units on the campus of the former Medical College of Ohio, and Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center began discussions on consolidation of these services. Both institutions believed that their resources could be better used and that pediatric services could be taken to a new level if these pediatric facilities consolidated and made use of complementary services.
Boards of both institutions approved the consolidation with approval for the capital expenditure occurring in the spring of 1998. The final affiliation agreement was signed in August of 1998.
The goal of the affiliation was to create a children`s hospital which would:
- Improve the health status of children in our community
- Provide high-quality, cost-effective, compassionate, family-centered health care for children in our region
- Educate the next generation of providers of children’s health care
- Research ways to improve children’s health care
- Lead the way in advocacy for children
- Lead in community health education with an emphasis on the residents of northwest Ohio
The hospital would be prepared to meet these goals to all children as a whole, but also in relation to the needs of specific populations of children, such as the underserved and disenfranchised.
The results of this collaboration came to fruition in September of 1999 with the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art inpatient facility. This facility occupies the sixth floor of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. It was designed to fulfill our commitment to become a child- and family-friendly hospital with state-of-the-art medical equipment. It has 16 pediatric intensive care beds and 26 general pediatric beds. These complement the newly redesigned (2006) 30-bed neonatal intenstive care unit (NICU) . From its inception, the experienced faculty and physicians from the University of Toledo College of Medicine (formerly the Medical College of Ohio), Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center and the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott's Children's Hospital have staffed the facility. Currently, the combined pediatric medical staff number 207 physicians.
In April of 2000, Mercy Children’s Hospital opened its new outpatient facility. This facility, which is located across Cherry Street from Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, is connected to the hospital by two sky bridges. This facility is decorated with tiles made by our community’s children, which depict their interpretation of a miracle. It houses a comprehensive variety of pediatric subspecialists (listed on other pages of this web site). It complements the general pediatric ambulatory facilities located in the St. Vincent Family Care Center and brings comprehensive pediatric health services to a single location in a family- and child-friendly way. In 2002, a new pediatric emergency medicine facility opened on the campus of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.
In order to meet our goals, Mercy Children’s Hospital serves as the primary educational site for the majority of this community’s resident and student physicians in the art and science of pediatric medicine. Also, we have created an Office of Child Advocacy to coordinate with government and other industry leaders in advocacy issues for children.
The history of Mercy Children’s Hospital continues to evolve as we endeavor to be true to our goals and continue to grow and improve over the years.