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Published on July 09, 2013

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Celebrates 95 Years of Healthcare

West Philadelphia, PA (July 9, 2013) – On Tuesday, July 2, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital celebrated its 95th anniversary of providing compassionate and quality healthcare to residents of the community.

“Celebrating 95 years is an outstanding milestone for Mercy Philadelphia Hospital,” said Executive Director Susan Cusack. “Over the past decades, Mercy Philadelphia’s commitment to providing quality healthcare to all those who need it has been unwavering. As we mark this incredible milestone, we also celebrate the colleagues who work day in and day out, fulfilling the values and mission in their service to our patients and our community.”

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital opened its doors in 1918 as Misericordia Hospital. Over the years, the name transitioned to Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia and then eventually to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital in 2008.

While the name has changed, the hospital’s mission has not.

MPH has advanced and transformed into an institution of forward-thinking that benefits the well-being of patients and community and has remained committed to serving the poor and disadvantaged, especially in a difficult economy and changing healthcare environment. 

The hospital has been consistently recognized for achievements including being a designated Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and a third-time recipient of the Get with the Guidelines Gold Award for Heart Failure and Gold Plus Award for Stroke Care.

It has also earned awards for environmental sustainability, having earned the EPA’s prestigious ENERGY STAR, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency, scoring a perfect score - a unique achievement for a hospital built in 1918. The hospital was also awarded Philadelphia Business Journal’s Healthcare Innovation Award for Sustainability for its steps to minimize its carbon footprint on the environment and improve energy efficiency in its 613,550-square-foot building.

“Care of the sick is at the heart of the Mission of Mercy,” said Sister Suzanne Gallagher, Vice President of Mission Services at MPH. “Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, exhorted her sisters to have great tenderness toward those who are sick. When the hospital opened in 1918 it was a dream come true for the community; and I think Catherine would be so pleased that Mercy Healthcare is alive and well in West Philadelphia after 95 years. We have a wonderful team of colleagues at MPH, and a marvelous community in which to serve.”

The 214-bed acute care teaching hospital admitted 8,740 patients, treated 43,391 people in the Emergency Department and saw 68,571outpatient registrations in 2012.

As a community hospital, Mercy Philadelphia fosters relationships within the community, providing access to quality health services that improve the health of individuals and families.

Mercy Philadelphia’s Community Outreach Programs provide vital health education and prevention, as well as disease management services, including screenings, support groups, and free health events such as the Dine with the Docs program.

Media Contact

Christy McCabe
Director, Marketing and Communications

Mercy Philadelphia Hospital
501 S. 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143

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