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Fifty Years of World-Class Care

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For 50 years, lives have been changed, health has been restored and a mission to heal has been carried out - all on what was once a piece of farm land in a quiet corner of Carmichael.

February 15, 1967 the Sisters of Mercy opened the doors to what was then Mercy San Juan Hospital. The Sisters knew Sacramento's booming population was moving into north Sacramento County and south Placer County.

"The Sisters of Mercy knew the need for health care would grow rapidly in the rural communities as more people moved into the area and they envisioned a hospital that would grow too," explains Sister Bridget McCarthy, Vice President of Mission Integration for Dignity Health's Greater Sacramento Service Area. Sister Bridget attended the opening of Mercy San Juan 50 years ago and went on to spend several years working as a nurse inside the hospital.

Today, Mercy San Juan Medical Center is one of the region's largest and most comprehensive medical centers, employing more than 2,500 people and caring for 150,000 patients every year. Mercy San Juan is a member of Dignity Health, one of the largest networks of hospitals in the country, with hospitals and medical groups throughout the Sacramento area and the state.

Even in the early years, the Sisters worked to meet the needs of the surrounding community by acquiring new technology and providing care in developing specialties. In 1979, Mercy San Juan responded to the need for palliative care by opening Mercy Hospice. Two years later, Mercy Home Health was founded to address the needs of the injured or ill in their own homes.

In 1989, Mercy San Juan opened a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which cares for the tiniest and most fragile babies. The NICU would eventually expand to 26 beds and be ranked among the world's elite for survival rates of premature infants.

The outstanding Perinatal Services Program [which includes the Family Birth Center and NICU] became just the second in the nation to earn certification from The Joint Commission. More than two thousand babies are born here every year.

In a move that would have a profound impact on the community and the region, Mercy San Juan opened its Level II Trauma Center in 1999. By opening a Trauma Center so close to the I-80 corridor, Mercy San Juan has been able to bring world-class trauma care closer to previously under-served communities.

Mercy San Juan was the first California hospital north of the Bay Area to be designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, a designation that tells our community that when it comes to even the most complex stroke, you can find the best care possible here.

The Joint Commission also named Mercy San Juan as a designated Chest Pain Center, recognizing the hospital's exceptional care of heart attack.

Over the years, Mercy San Juan's unwavering commitment to world-class care has been consistently recognized and honored. Mercy San Juan has received the ultimate recognition for the past two years as Healthgrades, a national reporting agency, has honored it as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for both 2016 and 2017.

Learn more about Mercy San Juan Medical Center by visiting its website here.

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