Mercy Health Partners and Health Management Announce New System Name: Tennova Healthcare

Name combines East Tennessee heritage and new, innovative healthcare

September 1, 2011 - Knoxville, Tennessee - Mercy Health Partners and Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE: HMA) announced today that the East Tennessee hospital system will change its name from Mercy to Tennova Healthcare. The name change will become effective immediately following the anticipated October closing of Health Management’s acquisition of Mercy.

“We are excited and proud of the new name,” said Jeffrey A. Ashin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health Partners. “Tennova Healthcare, which translates to ‘new healthcare for Tennessee’, accomplishes the goal of a new identity that reflects the culture of the Mercy family of hospitals and the important role they play in East Tennessee.”

The first part of “Tennova” connotes Mercy’s roots in Tennessee. The second part of the name – “nova” – is formed from the Latin word “novare”, meaning “to make new”. It is also the foundation of the English word innovation, which will be the hallmark of Tennova’s approach to healthcare delivery and is one of the six pillars upon which all Health Management hospitals are built. The new name supports Health Management’s desire to grow the Mercy system into the future, build upon its longstanding mission, and succeed as the leading provider of healthcare in the region.

“Together, the combined words – Tennova – carry a promise of delivering the latest in healthcare for residents in East Tennessee,” said Britt T. Reynolds, Division 1 President for Health Management. “It’s a promise of new technologies to advance the art and science of medicine, new state-of-the-art equipment for use by skilled physicians, new and expanded services, and innovative new ways to deliver healthcare to this region.”

The Tennova emblem has been carefully crafted to include a bold font that represents strength and the primary color of green that connotes a forward-thinking, growing organization which welcomes patients and their families to new thinking about healthcare. In addition, the mark includes elements that honor the faith-based legacy of both the St. Mary’s and Baptist systems, including the cross that appears at the letter “t” in Healthcare. To the left of the cross is “heal”, which signifies Tennova’s mission to maintain the faith-based, healing ministry that the community expects from Mercy and St. Mary’s.

In addition to the system name change, six of the seven individual hospitals included in the transaction will be renamed as follows:

  • Physicians Regional Medical Center (previously Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s)
  • Turkey Creek Medical Center (previously Mercy Medical Center West)
  • Jefferson Memorial Hospital (previously St. Mary’s Jefferson Memorial Hospital)
  • Newport Medical Center (previously Baptist Hospital of Cocke County)
  • LaFollette Medical Center (previously St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County)
  • North Knoxville Medical Center (previously Mercy Medical Center North in Powell)
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center Scott County (name will remain as it will not be part of the Tennova system in 2012)

The use of the new names begins when the transaction is complete, although the placement of the new names on signage and hospital materials will occur over time.

As part of the agreement, the Mercy system name must change because other hospitals using that name will continue to operate under Catholic Health Partners, the current parent company of Mercy in Tennessee. For more information on the Tennova transition, visit


About Mercy Health Partners

Mercy Health Partners has seven acute care hospitals and other healthcare facilities that offer services to treat all members of the family, with centers of excellence in cardiac care, cancer care and orthopedic care. The Mercy Heart Institute has the region’s most experienced team of heart specialists to help prevent, diagnosis and treat cardiovascular disease. Mercy Medical Center St. Mary’s has been ranked as the best hospital for knee and hip replacement in the state of Tennessee by HealthGrades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Mercy Medical Center North has the region’s only American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center. In both 2009 and 2010, St. Mary’s Jefferson Memorial Hospital was named to the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospitals in America list in the National Benchmark Survey.

In 2009, the Mercy facilities in East Tennessee provided nearly $44 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, community health screening and research.

For physician referral and service information, please call either of Mercy’s referral lines, Ask Mercy, at 632-5200 (toll-free at 877-368-7362) or Mercy Wellness for Women at 1-877-599-WELL (9355). A complete list of Mercy physicians, facilities, services and extensive health information is available online at