Dozens of people gathered together at Mercy Hospital Ada — formerly Valley View Regional Hospital — for a welcome and celebration event Monday evening.
Mercy Hospitals has managed the hospital for the last four years and, after a decision by the Valley View Board, a lease was signed recently transferring full operational power to Mercy Hospitals. Lynn Britton, Mercy Hospitals president and CEO, said the decision will allow Mercy to improve Mercy Hospital Ada.
“Today was really about celebrating the decision the board made to take a whole new level of partnership to the hospital here in Ada,” Britton said. “We changed that relationship and made it stronger. Which means Mercy can bring ... all sorts of new resources to the community.”
Britton said Mercy will use its resources to “implement Mercy’s electronic medical record, which will be used by all the physicians and their offices, as well as the hospital, so that the patient’s medical information is available wherever they go for care,” Britton said. “So, they don’t have to be the one keeping up with everything. Mercy’s information system does that. It also enables us to have physicians in other communities help their colleagues here in Ada with diagnosis and treatment of patients here in the community.”
Britton said the hospital will have a whole new advancement in technology, including telemedicine.
“We will use that same technology infrastructure to bring the physician to the community instead of the patient having to travel so often to Oklahoma City, or other bigger places,” Britton said. “It’s really about (Mercy Hospital Ada) being connected to a larger organization and all those resources I mentioned being able to be brought to bare on this community, things that would be impossible for a stand-alone hospital to do. It’s too expensive and costly to sort out, and so, by sharing that cost with 32 other hospitals across seven states, we’re able to do more.”
He said Mercy has a lot of plans but will not act on those plans without community input.
“Even though Mercy is leasing the hospital and operating it, it’s still the community’s hospital and we can’t imagine making decisions about what services and things to do without the voice of the community being at the table with us. We need to know from the community what’s desirable, and with the community we’ll figure out if it can be feasible.”