Becker's Healthcare December 7, 2023
Giles Bruce

Visitors to the hospital on the north end of Aurora, Ill., the state’s second-largest city, are greeted by a big green-and-blue sign welcoming them to Amita Health Mercy Medical Center.

Amita Health hasn’t existed for more than a year and a half.

If you’re at the intersection long enough, however, every few seconds the adjacent electronic sign flashes the 95-bed hospital’s official name, Ascension Mercy.

But according to the local newspaper, community members just refer to it as “Mercy” anyway. It’s the same way people call iPhone applications “apps” and Coca-Cola “Coke.”

This situation begs the question: In an era of never-ending mergers and acquisitions, does it really matter what your local hospital is called anymore?

It also shows the...

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