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Mercy Medical to Focus on Home and Community Based Services
November 14, 2011

Daphne, AL- The Board of Trustees of Mercy Medical has announced their decision to transition Mercy Medical’s mission and focus its resources on its home care service and PACE program, Mercy LIFE of Alabama that serves the poor and underserved of our community, a strong part of the Mercy mission.

This decision to focus on home and community based services will result in the sale of the main Mercy Medical campus in Daphne, its assisted living communities, Carroll Place in Fairhope, Catherine Place and the John McClure Snook Memory Care Community, both in Daphne and its independent living community, The Hamlet in Fairhope.

As of December 1, 2011, SE Healthcare, Inc. will operate the facility on Mercy’s Daphne main campus after the sale. The assisted living communities and The Hamlet contract have yet to be finalized with no date for transfer set.
Sister Susanne Ashton, RSM, MD and member of the Mercy Medical Board of Trustees stated, “Historically, the Sisters of Mercy came to Daphne and Mobile to administer Villa Mercy Convalescent Home and Martin de Porres Hospital because there were specific needs; namely, care of the elderly and providing acute medical care for African American citizens. When it was determined that the needs at Martin de Porres Hospital were or could be fulfilled by others, the Sisters of Mercy withdrew. As other needs surfaced, the Sisters were in the forefront determining what and how their services would and could help the local community.”
According to Sister Susanne, Villa Mercy became Mercy Medical providing needed services in the areas of Long Term Skilled Nursing Care, Rehabilitation services, and Assisted Living. Now in 2011 the Sisters have come to another juncture…the services and care that was begun at Mercy Medical can now be carried on by others. As other unmet needs have surfaced the Sisters of Mercy stand waiting to assist with that same respect and compassion that has been present in the past.

Jake Bell, CEO of Mercy Medical stated, “While there is sadness in the transition, this divestiture moves the Mercy Medical community toward a new era of Mercy; an era filled with that same compassion and care that has existed for many years,”

“A concerted effort was made to partner with a series of local health care providers, but we were unable to find a mutually beneficial agreement,” said Bell. “We are confident however that SE Healthcare, Inc. will continue to offer these important services for the area’s patients and families with the same commitment to excellence that Mercy Medical has shown since 1949,” continued Bell.


Mercy Medical sought the counsel of many before making the decision to sell the Daphne site and the residential communities, including Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of the Archdiocese of Mobile. The Archbishop must approve the sale of any Catholic properties in his jurisdiction.

“The Sisters of Mercy, through their health care ministry, have served and been a blessing to countless people in our community for many years. Whether it was the dedicated service to the patients of the former Martin de Porres hospital in Mobile, or through their Mercy Medical ministry, the Sisters have always provided extraordinary care and service to those in need of it. But, just as the Sisters sought to serve in areas of need that were unmet, they also must choose to leave other ministries that are well-served by others. This has been the history of the Sisters of Mercy. The Sisters have now found another unmet need and, through this change of ministry, will remain true to their faith and traditions. I look forward to the continued ministry of these Catholic Mercy services, and pray that God will bless all those involved in helping our older neighbors by providing the health care and respect of life that they so richly deserve,” stated Archbishop Rodi.