Kingfisher Regional Hospital has become Mercy Hospital Kingfisher after signing a lease agreement with Mercy Hospital.
“Under the lease, we have financial responsibility for the hospital, and we own the operations,” said Rachel Wright said, a spokeswoman for Mercy. “All of the co-workers will become Mercy employees and we will own (the) hospital license.”
Mercy replaced Quorum Health Resources as the management company for the Kingfisher hospital in 2011.
The public hospital is controlled by the Kingfisher Hospital Authority, a public trust created under the city of Kingfisher.
Kingfisher Regional had struggled in recent years with declining patient volumes and debt.
Since entering a management agreement in April 2011, Mercy and Kingfisher Regional Hospital leadership worked to make changes in services and operations that stabilized the financial viability of the hospital, Mercy said in a statement.
In January 2012, Kingfisher Regional became affiliated with Mercy, thus gaining more access to Mercy services.
Mercy has named Brian Denton administrator of the 25-bed hospital. Denton formerly directed outpatient services at Mercy St. Francis Hospital in Mountain View, Mo.