(Pittsburg, KS) – Mercy has acquired the primary care practices of Dr. Jacqueline Orender and Dr. Holly Cranston in Pittsburg, Kansas, in an effort to expand access to care in southeast Kansas.
Both clinics will remain in their existing locations at 2305 S. Tucker Terrace and 1015 Mt. Carmel Place, and all providers and staff have been offered the opportunity to become Mercy coworkers.
“Bringing Dr. Cranston and Dr. Orender into the Mercy system is an incredible opportunity for us to grow our presence in Southeast Kansas while also making sure they’re able to continue to care for their patients, making sure they’re able to continue to provide excellent care for their patients well into the future,” said Jeremy Drinkwitz, president of Mercy’s Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas Communities. “These well-established practices are vital to the community, and we look forward to supporting them as Mercy co-workers and providers.”
Mercy already offers some specialty care in the Pittsburg community on an outreach basis, but the acquisition of these primary care clinics establishes a permanent presence, adding to Mercy Specialty Hospital Southeast Kansas and Mercy Hospital Columbus.
“Our whole team is excited about becoming part of the Mercy system and the benefits it will bring to our patients and the Pittsburg community,” Dr. Orender said. “We wouldn’t be making this change if we didn’t feel strongly that it’s the best thing for them.”
“Joining Mercy is an exciting change,” said Dr. Cranston. “Being part of a health care system like Mercy will give us — and our patients — access to resources like an electronic system that is more interconnected. From electronic health records to the MyMercy patient portal, this transition will bring huge benefits.”
Patients of Drs. Cranston and Orender will experience increased access to care, thanks to Mercy On Call, Mercy’s 24/7 virtual care model that makes advanced practitioners and emergency medical technicians available outside of normal clinic hours.
The acquisition will become official and final on Monday, May 22.
Mercy, one of the 25 largest U.S. health systems, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation’s largest Accountable Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 3,400 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners and more than 40,000 coworkers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
Jordan Larimore, Senior Media Relations & Communications
Mercy Hospital Joplin