Mercy Medical Center (Springfield, Massachusetts)

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Mercy Medical Center
Sisters of Providence Health System
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Mercy Medical Center in Springfield Massachusetts
Mercy Medical Center (Springfield, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Mercy Medical Center (Springfield, Massachusetts)
Location Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates 42°06′56″N 72°35′37″W / 42.115532°N 72.593679°W / 42.115532; -72.593679Coordinates: 42°06′56″N 72°35′37″W / 42.115532°N 72.593679°W / 42.115532; -72.593679
Care system Private
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Community
Beds 301
Founded November 7, 1873
Lists Hospitals in the United States

Mercy Medical Center (also known as Mercy Medical, or Mercy Hospital,) is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Run by the Sisters of Providence Health System, Mercy Hospital is a faith-based, non-profit organization serving patients regardless of background or beliefs. Mercy Medical Center is known for its tradition of holistic health care.[1]

As of 2011, Mercy Medical Center is ranked among the Top 100 Community Value Hospitals by Cleverley & Associates.[2]


Like other hospitals in the Sisters of Providence Health System, (a member of Catholic Health East), Mercy is a community of persons committed to serving citizens of the Knowledge Corridor metropolitan area. Mercy Medical Center advocate public policies and initiatives in line with the Catholic faith.[3]


Today’s Sisters of Providence originated from another community of religious women, the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

In September 1873, two Sisters from the Canadian community approached Reverend Patrick J. Harkins, pastor of Holyoke, Massachusetts' St. Jerome’s Church, asking permission to solicit funds from his parishioners. Reverend Harkins granted the request, he in turn asked the Sisters to petition their superiors to send others from their community to establish a Holyoke mission. He wanted the new mission to address the needs of the rapidly growing poor Irish and Scottish immigrant mill workers in the Holyoke community.

On November 7, 1873, four Sisters arrived to establish the Holyoke mission. Within a week they accepted the first orphan to their House of Providence and it was not long before city officials were sending the needy and infirm to them for care and shelter.[4][5] In 1874, the Sisters of Providence established the first Catholic hospital in western Massachusetts.[6] Today's Springfield-based Mercy Medical Center developed from this small start as the "House of Providence."[7][8]

Services provided[edit]

Services Condition
Inpatient Birthing center, End-of-life care, Infection isolation, Cancer care, and Psychiatric care
Outpatient Bariatric/weight control services, Breast cancer screening/mammograms, Chemotherapy, Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, Geriatric services, Home health services, Physical rehabilitation, Psychiatric services, Sleep center, Stop-smoking program, Substance-abuse programs, Urgent-care center, Women's health center, and Wound management services
Imaging services CT scanner, Diagnostic radioisotope facility, Magnetic resonance imaging, Multislice spiral CT, Single photon emission CT, and Ultrasound
Community outreach Health fairs and Health screenings
Patient/Family support services Patient support groups, Transportation for elderly/handicapped, Translation services, Cancer services, and Chaplaincy/pastoral care services

Facilities and current operations[edit]

Mercy Continuing Care Network[edit]

Mercy Continuing Care Network comprises six skilled nursing facilities, including two residential care facilities and an independent living facility. The network has Western Massachusetts’ second largest home care agency, a hospice agency, an adult day health program, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and an in-home private duty support program.

Nursing care facilities[edit]

In addition to offering specialized nursing care, each facility within the Mercy Continuing Care Network provides an array of social and cultural events to keep residents mentally alert and physically active. Facilities and services cover a wide geographic area with locations in Springfield Westfield Turners Falls, and Holyoke. Each nursing care facility is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Sister Caritas Cancer Center[edit]

The original cancer center opened in 2003 and was named after Sister Caritas, for her desire and mission to help cancer patients with a local treatment facility.

In the spring of 2014, ground was broken on a new $15 million treatment center that will be two levels and offer 32 infusion bays to provide more than 30,00 treatments for cancer patients each year. The facility is scheduled to open in 2016.[9]

Medical office building[edit]

In 2014, a new $20 million medical office building opened in the medical center area. The 75,000-square-foot facility will house the Mercy Hearing Center, the Weldon Rehabilitation Hospital's outpatient rehabilitation programs, and two Mercy-affiliated neurosurgery and orthopedic physician practices. Hampden County Physician Associates will also consolidate some of its other offices into the building.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mercy Medical Center". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  2. ^ "The Community Value". cleverley + associates. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Liptak, Dolores Ann; Bennett, Grace (1999). Seeds of Hope: The History of the Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Sisters of Providence. ISBN 978-0967284002. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Catholic University of America (2003). New Catholic Encyclopedia. 13 (2 ed.). Thomson/Gale. ISBN 978-0787640040. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  7. ^ Liptak, Dolores Ann; Bennett, Grace (1999). Seeds of Hope: The History of the Sisters of Providence of Holyoke, Massachusetts. Sisters of Providence. ISBN 978-0967284002. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Walsh, Kait (2014-05-14). "Construction of new cancer center underway at Mercy". 22 News LIN Television Corporation. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 
  10. ^ Kinney, Jim (2014-03-21). "Mercy Medical Center nears completion on a $20-million office building". Mass Live. MassLive LLC. Retrieved 2014-08-04.