Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Logo image of the health organization
Founded 1911

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is one of the largest health care networks based in south-east Michigan, United States. It consist of 5 prime hospitals, 9 Urgent Care Centers and 5 Health Centers spread around the metro Detroit providing health care in 6 counties which includes Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. [1]


In 1911, four Sisters of Mercy arrived in Ann Arbor from Dubuque, Iowa. They came at the invitation of local medical and religious leaders who dreamed of founding a community hospital to serve area residents. That dream became a reality on November 21, 1911, when the Sisters opened St. Joseph's Sanitarium, a small hospital located in a former student rooming house at the corner of State and Kingsley streets.

The little hospital had a nine-member medical staff and 17 beds on the second and third floors, including eight private rooms. Surgeons operated on the first floor, then carried their patients up the stairs to their rooms above. In its first year, 243 patients were admitted.

In the years that followed, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor grew into a premier health care provider known for its compassion and service. By 1914, St. Joe's had moved to a new facility on Ingalls Street. In 1977, the hospital relocated to its present location on East Huron River Drive.

Mission and Core Values[edit]

'As stated on their website:
Our Mission
We, Trinity Health, serve together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within our communities.

Our Core Values

We honor the sacredness and dignity of every person.

Commitment to Those Who are Poor
We stand with and serve those who are poor, especially those most vulnerable.

We foster right relationships to promote the common good, including sustainability of Earth.

We honor our heritage and hold ourselves accountable for the human, financial and natural resources entrusted to our care.

We are faithful to who we say we are.'


Hospital City,County Number of beds
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Washtenaw 537
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Pontiac, Oakland 443
St. Mary Mercy Livonia Livonia, Wayne 304
St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Howell, Livingston 136
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Chelsea, Washtenaw 113


  1. ^ About Us at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System homepage. Retrieved May, 2012

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