Thursday, June 14, 2018

From the Archives : When Did Mercy Change Its Name?

Question : When did Mercy change it's name?

Answer : In 1917, Lakeside Hospital (aka Lakeside Sanitarium) was renamed Mercy Hospital after the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother purchased it from the local Physicians who had been running it since 1912.  [From "The Red Book" chapter on Mercy Hospital, c1960.]

In 1968, Mercy Hospital became Mercy Medical Center after merging with Marian Home.
[See ONW article April 5, 1968.]

In 2017, Mercy Medical Center officially changed it's name to Ascension Mercy Hospital to align with naming conventions at Ascension Healthcare.  At the time, the public had the impression that they could get more services at a hospital than at a medical center.

As of June 1, 2018,  Ascension Mercy Hospital and Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital adopted a new legal name together : Ascension NE Wisconsin.   This has been described as only a legal business name change for tax purposes.   Billing notices may state that patients received services at Ascension NE Wisconsin - Mercy Campus, although we are still doing business as Ascension Mercy Hospital as evidenced by the signage around the hospital.

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