Mercy, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country, is expanding its orthopedic footprint into Southeast Kansas with its recent acquisition of three Galena-based health care centers. Orthopaedic Specialists of the Four States, Premier Surgical Institute and Stateline Surgery Center are officially operating under the Mercy umbrella after the parties signed an acquisition agreement this month. The new ownership, which officially took effect Sunday, is the result of a two-year discussion, officials said. Terms were not disclosed. Before the acquisition, Mercy only had one integrated orthopedic surgeon, Dr. David Eisenhauer, and a contracted group of orthopedic surgeons who managed emergencies for the emergency department and trauma center, according to Dr. Tracy Godfrey, president of Mercy Clinic in Joplin.
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