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Mercy Independence Closes Its Doors

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INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS -

Mercy Hospital Independence officially closes its doors tomorrow.

Mercy declined our request for an interview today, but president Lynn Britton says the cities declining population and difficulty recruiting and retaining physicians are among the reasons for closure. About 200 employees will have to find new jobs and patients seeking medical services will have to look elsewhere.

News Release:  Mercy set to transfer home health hospice service

"It's going to affect me because I have a husband that's a little older and so he has a lot of issue…with his seizures…I have to take him to the emergency room sometimes and with it closing, you know, I can't even take him to the emergency room. We have to call the ambulance and we have to take him to either Coffeyville or Neodesha which could take those minutes off,” says Independence resident Tammy Banta.

Today the company announced it will be transferring its home health and hospice services to Home Town Healthcare headquartered in Fredonia and that it is nearing an agreement with Saint John Health System based in Tulsa to assume operation of local outpatient services in Independence.

News Release:  Mercy, City of Independence nearing agreement w/ St. John Health System

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