Mercy Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, began serving patients in 1944, when the Sisters of Mercy, Burlingame bought Saint Caroline’s Hospital. The current facility was dedicated in 1953 and the hospital has grown and developed into a state-of-the art referral hospital for all of Northern California while retaining its community flavor and reputation for personal care.
In 1975 Mercy Hospital became Mercy Medical Center, Redding, and in 1986 the Sisters of Mercy, Burlingame merged with the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn to form Catholic Healthcare West. In 2012 the name of the corporation was changed to Dignity Health. In 2019, Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives, came together as CommonSpirit Health creating a new nonprofit Catholic Health System serving communities across 21 states. Mercy Medical Center is accredited by both JCAHO and the California Medical Association.
Licensed for 283 total beds, it is a designated Regional Level II Trauma Center, maintains a Level III ICN, and supports active Cardiac, Medical, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pediatric, Obstetrical and Surgical sections. The critical care units have 44 beds with additional telemetry unit beds. Our emergency department sees approximately 46,560 visits per year, and the Mercy Regional Cancer Center provides chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Mercy Medical Center is active in our community with a variety of services. The medical staff has over 518 active members in almost all medical specialties, almost half participate in our Residency Program.
Our library is an excellent resource for reading and audio materials, literature searches, and teaching materials preparation. Our library staff has been a leader in promoting evidence based medicine and in developing a state-of-the-art teleconferencing network linking Mercy to our rural and remote sites.
There are computer work stations dedicated for use by the residents, which include software for tracking medical inpatients and accessing computer and web based resources. Inpatient and outpatient services utilize Cerner EHR for tracking and documenting patient care. There is hospital-wide Wi-Fi available as well.
Mercy Medical Center Redding is in a relatively small city located in rural far Northern California; it is truly a center of medical excellence, innovation, and integrated medical education.