Mercy Hospital and Medical Center filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday as the Chicago-area community continues to fight to keep the safety-net hospital open.
Mercy Hospital has been largely operating in the red for years. Mercy’s parent company, Trinity Health, has tried to find suitable merger partners for the hospital and either downsize or completely wind down its inpatient operations. But Bronzeville residents have fought to keep the 400-bed hospital that predominately serves Medicaid beneficiaries fully operational.
In a Feb. 10 bankruptcy filing, Trinity claimed that operating losses averaged $5 million per month, totaling $30.2 million for the first six months of the 2021 fiscal year. Pending the bankruptcy court’s approval, Mercy would restructure and sell its assets to mitigate “significant and unsustainable financial losses.”
Trinity had applied with the state to close its inpatient services by May 31; it would open a $13 million outpatient clinic by