1831, Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin,
Ireland, to follow Christ in his compassion for suffering people.
Over the next 10 years, she and her Sisters established 14 foundations
to serve the poor, the sick and the uneducated throughout Ireland
After Catherines death in 1841, the
Sisters of Mercy took their mission to America where they responded
to others needs and suffering by founding hospitals, schools,
orphanages, and establishing homes for women and girls at risk.
In 1976, the Sisters created a health system, eventually called
Mercy Health Services, to link and better support their hospitals.
In April 1911, the Sisters opened the doors
of Mercy Hospital to "serve the sick and injured" in northern
Michigan. The first hospital was built by logging barons as a
tribute to the lumberman of Michigan.
The site of the first Grayling Mercy Hospital
was North McClellan Street in Grayling. The AuSable Motel, across
the street from St. Marys Catholic Church, now occupies
the ground where the first hospital stood. It was a 30-bed facility
which, according to Rasmus Hanson, a local lumberman and principal
donor in the project, was to stand as a monument erected by the
lumbermen of northern Michigan "to relieve the physical evils
and suffering of humanity," as reported in the first Mercy
Hospital annual report.
The first hospital stood for 48 years until
1959, when the facility on Michigan Avenue was constructed. The
new building had accommodations for 48 patients. In 1970, the
40-bed, Long Term Care unit was added to the hospital. A $10 million
dollar renovation project in 1980 brought the hospital to its
present bed complement of 90 acute beds and 40 long term care
In June of 1998, Mercy Health Services entered
into a partnership with Munson
Healthcare that gave the latter management responsibilities
for Mercy Hospital Cadillac and Mercy Hospital Grayling. After
six months of assessment, the partnership was solidified in January
of 1999 and continues to yield benefits both at the Mercy sites
and with Munson Healthcare. Although the Mercy sites partnered
with Munson for management issues, they continued to be owned
by Trinity Health.
In May of 2000, a consolidation between the
Holy Cross Health System and Mercy Health Services, created a
new health system, Trinity
Health. The creation of Trinity Health is an advancement to
ensure the continued success of these health systems. The name
"Trinity Health" represents a community of persons building relationships
to advance the healing mission of the Catholic Church.
Trinity Health is the third largest Catholic
healthcare system in the U.S. It operates or is affiliated with
44 hospitals, 342 outpatient facilities, 31 long term care facilities,
28 home healthcare offices and 20 hospice programs. Trinity Health
brings together more than 50,000 people, partners with nearly
10,000 physicians, and represents more than $200 million annually
in community initiatives and care for the poor.
Mercy Hospital Grayling and its physician
offices now serve a seven-county area: Crawford, Roscommon, Oscoda,
Otsego, Kalkaska, Montmorency and Ogemaw.
Through all these changes, the words of Catherine
McAuley remain true and encouraging: "Put your whole trust in
God; he will never see you want for the means to do his work."
If you are a Mercy Hospital Grayling patient and have
a compliment, concern, or complaint, please contact one of our Patient
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