Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Joining Forces Bethlehem Haven and Mercy Merger Bodes Well

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Joining Forces Bethlehem Haven and Mercy Merger Bodes Well

Article excerpt

A union of two respected Pittsburgh organizations portends better care of a vulnerable group - homeless women with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Bethlehem Haven, which operates an Uptown women's shelter and other services, and Pittsburgh Mercy, a provider of behavioral health, intellectual disability and community health services, announced their merger April 22. Bethlehem Haven would retain its name as a subsidiary of Pittsburgh Mercy. The arrangement is subject to approval by the state attorney general.

The partnership, prompted partly by concerns about government funding levels, makes perfect sense. Homelessness, mental health and substance abuse often go together, and both organizations have experience in all three areas.

The merger first and foremost provides new synergies in care, such as providing Bethlehem Haven clients with speedier access to psychiatrists and to other resources that Pittsburgh Mercy brings to the table. …

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