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Mercy Hot Springs joining St. Vincent Health System

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 1, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.

HOT SPRINGS — St. Vincent Health System is absorbing a Mercy Health hospital and physicians clinic in Hot Springs.

The deal announced Tuesday will have the Hot Springs properties operate as part of a regional network and will carry the name St. Vincent Hot Springs.

St. Vincent said in a news release that the transaction came about because of the state's challenging health-care climate and as a way to increase access to people who need care.

St. Vincent Health System is an affiliate of Englewood, Colo.-based Catholic Health Initiatives.

Mercy has a 282-bed hospital in Hot Springs that includes an emergency department with a Level 2 trauma center. It also has a clinic organization with 90 physicians.

St. Vincent has a 615-bed hospital in Little Rock and various other facilities.

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