Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
On January 1, 2008, exactly 161 years to the day of its founding, Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh was sold. While it was a loss for the Sisters of Mercy in Pittsburgh, a door of opportunity opened urging us to re-discover Mercy health ministry, a well-known story of growth and development in the Pittsburgh region. But, without the buildings and programs of a hospital, where is the ministry?
Now, without an acute care hospital, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS) is alive and well and remains a vital part of this region.
Mercy Behavioral Health (MBH), our largest entity, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. MBH offers a full continuum of recovery-oriented, community-based mental health, intellectual disabilities and drug/alcohol treatment and prevention services. With major state and county contracts, and more than 70 sites, MBH is a premier service provider in our region. The leaders and employees of this ministry live the values: respecting human dignity, striving for community, serving with compassion, practicing stewardship and collaborating in ways that would make our founders proud!
Another ministry, Operation Safety Net, is based in Pittsburgh yet is literally world renowned for compassionate street medicine. Visit www.becausefoundation.org to view or download the video, One Bridge to the Next. See for yourself the incredibly respectful care OSN provides for some of the most vulnerable people of our day.
A Child's Place at Mercy addresses the needs of abused children, foster children and their parents. Through nationally recognized workshops and training programs, the Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program prepares nurses from around the country to take health care and consultation directly to people's homes. What ministries could be more re-connective to the Sisters of Mercy founding spirit?
Today, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS) Development writes for grants and plans events that support the ministries of our system. A second foundation, McAuley Ministries, holds the income from the sale of Mercy Hospital and makes grants to community organizations throughout the Mercy Corridor—the neglected strip of geography reaching from West Oakland to downtown.
I have seen personally what Mercy healthcare means without an acute care facility. It is having the courage to keep on, to see an opportunity, identify a need and respond with our values. It is working collaboratively with people who live the Mercy spirit all throughout our community, continuing the work begun by the Sisters of Mercy in 1843 in Pittsburgh.