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Canton's Mercy Medical Center officially becomes a full member of the Cleveland Clinic

The announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on December 3, 2020.

The Cleveland Clinic has added another major healthcare provider in the Northeast Ohio area to its family. 

The hospital system announced on Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with the Sisters of Charity Health System to make Mercy Medical Center a full member of the CCF. 

“The mission, values and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine are truly engrained into every member of the Mercy family,” said Thomas J. Strauss, president and CEO of the Sisters of Charity Health System and interim CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “We are excited for this partnership that will help Mercy strengthen its services to the community; provide expanded options for clinical services and support important growth initiatives that will provide for the long-term sustainability of Catholic health care in Canton.”

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A press release from the Cleveland Clinic says that Mercy will maintain a religious connection and that the agreement will take full effect in February of 2021. 

“We know how important Mercy Medical Center is to the people of Stark County and the surrounding area and we look forward to strengthening that bond,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. “At Cleveland Clinic we are dedicated to making all of our hospitals the best place to receive care. Together, Cleveland Clinic and Mercy Medical Center will continue to serve patients and communities with the highest quality, compassionate care.”

The press release says that the agreement has met the requirements of the Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.

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