To the Editor:
“Mercy is appreciative of the time and effort Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH), hospital leaders, physicians and employees, Perry County leaders and the entire community have put forward in seeking out what is best for the future of health care in Perry County. Unanimously agreeing to negotiate a non-binding letter of intent with Mercy is an important step in this process of due diligence to ensure a potential lease agreement is in the best interest of everyone involved, most importantly the people of Perry County.
“Mercy and PCMH have long histories of serving residents across east-central and southeast Missouri as separate health care providers. A collaboration between the two organizations could support the creation of a rural health delivery effort that would strengthen regional health services for years to come. Mercy is grateful for this opportunity to continue exceptional care for the Perry County community and to be a part of this next step in the PCMH process.”
Eric Ammons, president of Mercy Hospital Jefferson