ROSEBURG, Ore. – Mercy Medical Center and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon today announced a new multi-year agreement, according to executives at both organizations. The new agreement, effective January 1, 2015, gives Regence plan members access to all local medical services provided by Mercy and its physicians under in-network rates through June of 2017.
“Mercy’s staff, including our physicians, nurses, and our support teams, work passionately everyday to provide local access to the best medical care for our patients,” said Kelly Morgan, CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “We appreciate the sustained support we received from all of our community, most especially those insured with Regence, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to continue to serve all of our community members’ healthcare needs.
“Today’s agreement ensures that Regence members will continue to access quality and affordable care at Mercy,” said Angela Dowling, President of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon. “Regence is incredibly thankful to our members for your patience during this negotiation, and we’re pleased to move into the new year with an agreement that benefits Roseburg and Southern Oregon.”
Founded in 1909, Mercy has grown from its small beginnings over 100 years ago into a major regional state-of-the-art medical center that provides local services for Douglas County residents. Today, more than 1,000 employees, including physicians, specialists, nurses and support staff make Mercy one of the country’s most highly rated hospitals in patient quality. This last fiscal year, Mercy’s staff provided care for 46,256 patients in our emergency department, 7,932 were hospitalized patients (including 916 newborns) and performed 5,247 surgeries.
Founded in 1941, Regence and affiliated companies employ more than 3,200 people in Portland, Salem, Medford, Bend and Pendleton, driving more than $700 million in economic activity throughout the state, according to ECONorthwest. Regence and its Oregon employees also contributed $3.9 million to nonprofits in 2013.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy started with a generous gift from the Roseburg community. In 1909, the first 25-bed Mercy Hospital opened on the banks of the South Umpqua River. Today, Mercy has grown into a sophisticated 174-bed medical center with advanced technology and a continuum of services to help ensure Douglas County residents have access to state-of-the-art healthcare without having to leave town.
Our organization is made up of more than 1,000 talented and dedicated employees, including physicians, nurses, and support staff, along with 200 compassionate and giving volunteers. It is their commitment that has helped Mercy become one of the country's most highly rated hospitals for quality. For more information, please visit mercyrose.org or facebook.com/mercymedicalroseburg
About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, headquartered in Portland, has been serving Oregonians since 1941 and now provides more than 750,000 members with comprehensive health insurance solutions. As a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, Regence is part of a family of companies dedicated to transforming health care by delivering innovative products and services that change the way consumers nationwide experience health care. For more information, please visit regence.com, facebook.com/regencebluecrossblueshield, or twitter.com/regenceoregon.