Mercy acquires Erie Shores Endoscopy

  Mercy acquires Erie Shores Endoscopy Center in a move to improve
            access to gastroenterology care in Lorain County

Lorain, Ohio – Mercy has acquired Erie Shores Endoscopy Center, effective
January 1, 2013 from AmSurg Corporation, the largest provider of endoscopic
services in the world, and its local physician partners.  The endoscopy
center is located in the medical office building adjacent to Mercy Regional
Medical Center at 3600 Kolbe Road in Lorain, OH.  The center will be
renamed Mercy Gastroenterology Center.

“We have developed a comprehensive strategy to extend our gastroenterology
services to reach throughout Lorain County,” explained Edwin M. Oley,
president and CEO, Mercy. “It is our goal to not only improve access, but
to also improve the scope and quality of all aspects of gastrointestinal
health that will benefit patients in our community. The Mercy
Gastroenterology Center will help support Mercy’s mission of improving the
health of our community by providing residents with a friendly,
professional, convenient and comfortable setting for procedures.”

Through the acquisition of the center, which focuses on upper and lower
endoscopy services, Mercy plans to grow the service and reach out in the
community to encourage adults age 50 and older to have screening
colonoscopies.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer kills
approximately 50,000 people each year in the United States. However, the
five-year survival rate is more than 90 percent when found and treated
early. Having nearby access is often noted as a primary driver for most
adults when determining where they receive care.

Dr. Nicholas Jarmoszuk, M.D. director of the Mercy Gastroenterology Center,
believes that the long term effect of the acquisition will be a decrease in
the number of terminal colon cancer cases in Lorain County. “Currently,
more than 50 percent of eligible Lorain County residents have not scheduled
a screening colonoscopy. Increasing the accessibility of services is a
simple but effective step to increasing the early detection of colon cancer
cases throughout our community,” says Dr. Jarmoszuk.

Erie Shores Endoscopy Center employs 13 nurses, administrators and support
staff who will transfer to Mercy for continued employment.

Please consult with your physician or healthcare provider about how to
schedule your next procedural appointment needs at the Mercy
Gastroenterology Center.

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