Nationwide Children’s Hospital to Acquire Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital

December 3, 2020

Mercy Health — Children's Hospital

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TOLEDO, OH - As an extension of their current collaborative partnership, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will acquire Mercy Health — Children's Hospital effective January 1, 2022. 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Mercy Health — Children's Hospital became formal affiliates on Jan. 1, 2020. Since that time, they have partnered closely to advance subspecialty pediatric physician recruitment, enhance continuing medical education and improve care coordination for families in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

“Since 1999, Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital has provided the highest quality, most compassionate care for children throughout our community,” said Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health - Toledo. “This will continue to be the mission, and children and families will benefit from having Nationwide Children’s expertise and resources in our community.”

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is committed to continuing the legacy developed by Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital and will look to enhance the clinical care of patients and families through additional physician recruitment, investing in future programs and families.

“I am excited to welcome Nationwide Children’s Hospital even more tightly into our community,” said Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz. “Our community thanks Mercy Health for bringing in a world-class partner and recognizes its leadership in putting the needs of our children and families first.”

“Mercy Health has long cared for the most vulnerable of our community and I’m pleased to see that they have brought in a partner who shares that vision of providing the highest-quality of care to all in need,” added Ohio Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson. “Our children deserve to receive the world-class care that Nationwide Children’s is known for and I’m looking forward to welcoming Nationwide as a permanent member of our region.”

Following the transition, the two health systems will continue to collaborate through and beyond this transition via population health initiatives and research integration with the overarching goal of providing high quality health care to children and their families.

“Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital share a mission to advance pediatric health care services for children and their families in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan,” said Rick Miller, chief operating officer of Nationwide Children’s. “Families and patients benefit from having world-class programs right in their community where we can more seamlessly provide high-quality, family-centered care.”

Following the transition, the current facility space that houses Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital will be leased by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Other details regarding staffing and operations are still being finalized by Bon Secours Mercy Health and Nationwide Children’s Hospital as they work collaboratively to prepare for the transition.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is a nationally recognized pediatric hospital and research center. Consistently named to the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll list of America’s top 10 children’s hospitals, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has more than 1.6 million patient visits annually representing patients from all 50 states and 45 countries in addition to providing more than $191 million in charity care and community benefit services annually.

Click here to watch a conversation between Bob Baxter, president, Mercy Health – Toledo and Rick Miller, president and chief operating officer, Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

About Mercy Health - Toledo

Mercy Health – Toledo is part of Bon Secours Mercy Health, one of the 20 largest health systems in the United States and the fifth-largest Catholic health system in the country. The ministry’s quality, compassionate care is provided by more than 60,000 associates serving communities in Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as throughout Ireland. Locally, Mercy Health is based in Toledo, Ohio, and serves 20 counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Mercy Health – Toledo provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents and Life Flight critical air transport services. Mercy Health – Children’s Hospital provides expert pediatric care. Mercy College of Ohio, which is sponsored by Mercy Health, provides health care and health science higher education programs and degrees. With approximately 8,800 employees, 400 employed physicians and 2,200 medical staff members, Mercy Health has been part of the Northwest Ohio community it serves for more than 163 years. Consistent with its commitment to serve each patient with dignity, Bon Secours Mercy Health provides nearly $2 million per day in community benefit. The mission of Mercy Health – Toledo is to extend the compassionate ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of our communities and bring good help to those in need, especially people who are poor, dying and underserved.  Visit for additional information.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit free-standing pediatric health care systems providing unique expertise in pediatric population health, behavioral health, genomics and health equity as the next frontiers in pediatric medicine, leading to best outcomes for the health of the whole child. Integrated clinical and research programs, as well as prioritizing quality and safety, are part of what allows Nationwide Children’s to advance its unique model of care. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 that provides state-of-the-art wellness, preventive and rehabilitative care and diagnostic treatment during more than 1.6 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities. More information is available at