ADA, OK -- "We've been working with the community for 4 years, but today we changed that relationship and made it stronger which means Mercy can bring to bear all sorts of new resources for the community and things we're excited to do for the community of Ada," said President and CEO of Mercy hospitals, Lynn Britton.
Britton says after months of discussion, Mercy took full authority over Valley View Regional Hospital on July 1st.
He says with the new leadership comes many new technologies, like electronic health records.
"The patient's medical record will be available wherever they go for care so that they don't have to be the one keeping up with everything. Mercy's information does that. And it also enables us to have physicians in other communities help their colleagues here in Ada," said Britton.
Mercy Hospital Ada Director of Human Resources, Katrina Godfrey, says the hospital staff will also benefit from the new partnership.
"We will also have resources that we didn't have before," said Godfrey. "Mercy has so many coworkers that they have the ability to really have subject matter expert in almost everything that we don't have access here to in Ada."
Britton says the new improvements will happen over time, and with the community's approval.
He says they plan on hosting roundtables to get the input from the community, and Ada resident, Leon Petete, says it will strengthen the relationship between the hospital and its patients.
"Being a part of the Mercy system now, and now with the Mercy system including the residents of the area who always look to have input for any changes that are made, I just feel like they're going to be a good community citizen," Petete said.