The change is effective January 1, 2014 and Mayo Clinic said in a media release that the consolidation will "better reflect Mayo Clinic's integrated hospital practice, ensure accurate reporting of data, and reinforce our ability to prove the value of Mayo Clinic care, while still honoring the commitment to the organization's founders' values."
Mayo Clinic said it now has a "single integrated hospital practice" divided between two hospital licenses and two legal entities, and regulations mandate separate reporting of quality, financial and operating data for the two hospitals to organizations such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, The Joint Commission, and The Leapfrog Group.
The separate reporting had created an increasingly "incomplete and incorrect picture" of the care being delivered. "Reporting as one hospital will ensure that regulatory agencies, payers and patients have accurate information about Mayo Clinic," the clinic said in a media release.
The change was approved by the Academy of Our Lady of Lourdes (Sisters of Saint Francis), and Saint Marys Hospital will no longer be designated as a Catholic healthcare institution.
"Although the Catholic identity and the name of Saint Marys Hospital will change, much will remain the same," Sister Marilyn Geiger, Sisters of Saint Francis, said in prepared remarks. "The chapel will continue to be used as a Catholic chapel, a public place of worship available to patients, their families, employees, and local residents. The Sisters of Saint Francis and Mayo Clinic will continue to work together to perpetuate the Franciscan Mission and the values of Mother Alfred Moes and Dr. W.W. Mayo."