Wesley Medical Center joins Merit Health

Wesley Medical Center joins Merit Health

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Wesley Medical Center

Today, Wesley Medical Center changes its name to Merit Health Wesley and becomes one of the newest members of the state's largest health network by number of facilities. Merit Health consists of 12 hospitals across Mississippi affiliated with Community Health Systems.

"We are excited about the future of healthcare in Mississippi," said Mike Neuendorf, Chief Executive Officer. "Merit Health Wesley has earned its reputation as an outstanding provider of medical care in Hattiesburg, and joining forces with a statewide network will allow us to become stronger together."

The network has approximately 2,300 licensed beds, 2,500 physicians on the combined active medical staffs, and 7,000 employees, and more than 53,000 admissions and 300,000 emergency department visits each year.

The newest hospitals in the Merit Health network are:

· Wesley Medical Center will become Merit Health Wesley

· Tri-Lakes Medical Center will become Merit Health Batesville

· Biloxi Regional Medical Center will become Merit Health Biloxi

· Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center will become Merit Health Gilmore Memorial (Amory)

· Natchez Regional Medical Center and Natchez Community Hospital will become Merit Health Natchez

· Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center will become Merit Health Northwest Mississippi (Clarksdale)

· Wesley Medical Center will become Merit Health Wesley (Hattiesburg)

All programs, services and employed physician practices of these hospitals will also become part of the Merit Health family.

Many hospitals and health systems combine their strengths and resources in order to respond quickly to the rapid changes happening in the healthcare industry. Through their affiliation with Merit Health, hospitals will be able to use the network's size and shared resources to exchange best clinical practices, operate more efficiently, expand services, and improve access to care.

These hospitals join the six Merit Health affiliates in Jackson and Vicksburg: Merit Health Central (Jackson), Merit Health Madison (Canton), Merit Health Rankin (Brandon), Merit Health River Oaks (Flowood), Merit Health River Region (Vicksburg) and Merit Health Woman's Hospital (Flowood).

About Merit Health Wesley

As an affiliate of the state's largest healthcare system, Merit Health Wesley is committed to providing superior care across the Pine Belt. Recognized for patient safety and for top performance on key quality measures, Merit Health Wesley is also the area's first and only accredited Chest Pain Center and only area hospital to be accredited for Heart Failure care. For more information about Merit Health Wesley, call 601-268-8000 or visit MeritHealthWesley.com.

About Merit Health

Merit Health serves the healthcare needs of residents of Mississippi through its 12 affiliated hospitals and 120 physician practices. The healthcare system offers a wide array of services including orthopedics, cardiology, women's health, emergency departments and broad diagnostic medical and surgical services. The network has approximately 2,300 licensed beds, 2,500 physicians on the combined active medical staffs, and 7,000 employees, and more than 53,000 admissions and 300,000 emergency department visits each year.