CLINTON — An agreement has been reached in which Medical Associates of Clinton soon will join MercyOne Clinton Medical Center.

Under the agreement, Medical Associates, an independently owned medical group founded in 1964, and MercyOne will work together as an integrated system to expand services, improve access and create a higher level of coordination of care to benefit patients and communities throughout the region. The agreement is to go into effect this summer, according to MercyOne officials. MercyOne Clinton Medical Center officials made the announcement today.

"In an era of major change in the health care industry, we are pleased to have reached this important agreement between our organizations," said Kay Takes, president of MercyOne Eastern Iowa Region. "Medical Associates of Clinton and MercyOne Clinton Medical Center have proudly served patients and families in our community for many years, and we are excited about the positive impact this new relationship will have in our efforts to provide excellent care and service well into the future."

MercyOne Clinton Medical Center is a Catholic, not-for-profit, full-service community health system serving counties in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. With approximately 50,000 patient admissions every year, MercyOne Clinton operates 249 licensed beds. In addition to traditional hospital services, MercyOne Clinton provides a continuum of care with specialized services in wound care, radiation oncology, dialysis, imaging, sleep disorders, therapy services, and skilled care. MercyOne Clinton has a staff of more than 800 employees, making it one of the community’s largest employers.

“We are eager to integrate and expand our team," Takes said. "We are aligned in our legacy of serving patients and families, and in our commitment to making sure their health care needs are met without having to leave the community. Medical Associates is a great organization and we are excited to welcome their providers and staff into the MercyOne Clinton family."

MercyOne Clinton will continue to offer the services provided by Medical Associates, including care at their Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine Clinic in Clinton, and clinics in Clinton and DeWitt, and the Illinois communities of Fulton and Morrison.

“Medical Associates physicians and staff look forward to continuing to provide excellent health care to the patients we serve by joining MercyOne and combining our resources and talents to become stronger and better positioned for the future,” said Dr. Paul Manning, chairman of the Management Committee for Medical Associates Physician Owners.

As the transition moves forward, additional information will be provided to patients. Updates also will be available at www.MercyOne.org/Clinton or by calling current care locations.