ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic announced today that as of January 1st, 2014, St. Marys and Methodist Hospitals will merge into a single hospital, to be called Mayo Clinic Hospital - Rochester.
According to a Mayo news release, the transition is being made to, "better reflect Mayo Clinic's integrated hospital practice, ensure accurate reporting of data, and reinforce our ability to prove the value of Mayo Clinic care, while still honoring the commitment to the organization's founders' values."
Mayo currently has a "single integrated hospital practice" divided between two hospital licenses and two legal entities. Regulations require separate reporting of quality, financial and operating data for the two hospitals to organizations such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission and The Leapfrog Group.
The release says changes in the health care regulatory environment, including reports to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission, and changing consumer expectations prompted the transition.
The change, the release goes on to say, was approved by the Academy of Our Lady of Lourdes (Sisters of Saint Francis), and means that Saint Marys Hospital will no longer be designated as a Catholic health care institution in the Catholic Health Care Directory.
The release says the transition marks the next step in hospital integration that began in 1986.
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