Mercy Health and Doctors' Urgent Care Offices Announce Collaboration

(CINCINNATI; May 18, 2015) - Mercy Health, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that it has entered into a collaboration agreement with Doctors' Urgent Care Offices (DUCO).

Through clinical affiliation, Mercy Health and DUCO will focus on enhancing patients' continuity of care and access, as well as the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare delivery in the Greater Cincinnati region.

Physician leaders from both organizations will partner together in areas including quality improvement, service issues, patient education opportunities and wellness and prevention initiatives.

"Doctors' Urgent Care Offices is excited to enter into this collaboration agreement with Mercy Health. Our company's foundation is and always has been based on high quality medical care and we look forward to working with Mercy Health on initiatives that will enable us to enhance the level of quality care that our medical team provides to our patients," said Paul Amrhein, President of Doctors' Urgent Care Offices.

"Mercy Health wants to ensure that we provide patients with the right care at the right time. Our collaboration with Doctors' Urgent Care Offices gives patients greater access to urgent care services and one more healthcare option when getting an appointment with a primary care physician is not practical or when the medical condition does not warrant a visit to the emergency room," said John Starcher, President and CEO, Mercy Health – Cincinnati.

DUCO provides urgent care and occupational health services to patients and companies from nine locations throughout Cincinnati, Middletown, Dayton and Northern Kentucky. The agreement between Mercy Health and DUCO includes the following four DUCO locations:
• Colerain, Ohio
• Erlanger, Kentucky
• Milford, Ohio
• Springdale, Ohio

Since its opening in 1982, Doctors' Urgent Care Offices (www.amcareinc.com) has been providing urgent care services to patients throughout southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky. In addition to urgent care services, Doctors’ Urgent Care Offices provides occupational health services to a large number of employers, including physical examinations, drug and alcohol testing and the treatment of work-related injuries. Their nine urgent care locations are open from 8:30 am until 10:00 pm, 7 days a week, and accept most insurance plans.

Mercy Health - Cincinnati makes advanced, compassionate, quality healthcare easy to help you be well in mind, body and spirit. Mercy Health - Cincinnati has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 160 years. Mercy Health – Cincinnati provides an integrated network of leading physicians, compassionate caregivers, comprehensive services and exceptional care at more than 180 locations across the region. The Mercy Health - Cincinnati network of care includes five award-winning hospitals, senior living communities, primary care and specialty physician practices, outpatient centers, social service agencies, fitness centers and a variety of outreach programs. Mercy Health - Cincinnati hospitals have earned national Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals honors more times than all other Cincinnati hospitals combined, placing them among the best hospitals in the nation. Truven has also named Mercy Health- Cincinnati as one of the nation’s Top 15 health systems two years in a row. Mercy Health - Cincinnati is the only health system in Cincinnati to earn this honor. Mercy Health - Cincinnati is part of Mercy Health, formerly Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio and fourth largest employer in the state. To learn more visit, e-mercy.com and engage in the conversation via Mercy Health - Cincinnati’s social media channels (@mercy_health on Twitter and Mercy Health on Facebook).