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Mercy unveils new Presence name and logo

'President CEO Maureen Bryant unveils new logo for Presence Mercy Medical Center which hospital staff will begusing inside hospital immediately.

"President and CEO Maureen Bryant unveils the new logo for Presence Mercy Medical Center, which hospital staff will begin using inside the hospital immediately. Signs and advertisements will not get the new logo until January." | Jenette Sturges ~ Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 13, 2012 3:21PM

AURORA — Provena Mercy Medical Center has a new look — and over the next few months will be switching to a new name.

On Wednesday, the hospital unveiled its new logo and name under its new health care system — Presence Mercy Medical Center.

“The most common question we heard was ‘Would our Mercy identity get lost?’” said Maureen Bryant, president and CEO of the hospital. “It has not.”

The new moniker and identity are the result of a November 2011 merger between the Provena Health system, based in Mokena, and Resurrection Health Care of Chicago. The merger creates the largest Catholic health care system in Illinois.

Similarly, Provena Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin will become Presence Saint Joseph Hospital and Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet will become Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

Over the past several weeks, Mercy employees belonging to the transition team have been sticking squares in place on a large board in the hospital’s atrium. On Wednesday, hospital employees gathered around as Bryant affixed the final piece, revealing a logo in shades of green and blue. Four conjoining circles, representing different aspects of the community — patients, families, community and employees — meet in a cross, symbolic of the new system’s Catholic foundations.

New stationery and internal documents will slowly start appearing throughout the hospital as staff launch the new identity internally, Bryant said, but the hospital will not officially be renamed until January 2013.

Similar unveiling ceremonies took place throughout the new health care system, which includes 12 hospitals and dozens of outpatient and long-term care facilities. The new Presence health system employs 22,000 people across Illinois and Indiana, and served more than 408,000 patients in emergency rooms last year.

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