History

In 2015, all research programs across the Mercy Ministry were merged into a single entity called Mercy Research to leverage internal assets and bring more research opportunities to all Mercy patients and physicians.

Mercy Health includes 34 hospitals, 300 outpatient locations, 40,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, providing our Mercy Research with resources and data needed to be a leader in healthcare innovation.

Research at Mercy has a rich history of collaborative, ambitious partnerships with a common goal of advancing healthcare.

1983

Bringing Cancer Studies to our Community

The NCI started the CCOP (Community Clinical Oncology Program) as a way to get cancer studies into the community, where most patients are treated, instead of requiring them to travel to an academic medical center. Mercy had 2 grant sites for this program – St. Louis and Springfield

1998

The Beginning of an Era

St. Johns Medical Research Group began in Springfield, Missouri with Foundation support for physicians who were interested in providing patient access to cutting edge medical breakthroughs.

1998-2004

Participation in industry sponsored clinical trials by Mercy Springfield Clinic physicians grew to over 100 trials, with annual revenues nearing $1,000,000.

2007

Jordan Valley Innovation Center

Missouri State University invites St. Johns to become a corporate affiliate at the Roy Blunt Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC). St. Johns Medical Research Institute is established, combining the efforts of Clinical Studies and a new Research and Development group.

2009

A $574,450 Missouri Life Sciences Research Board Grant is awarded to SJMRI for development of iPrep, an Ophthalmic Povidone-Iodine Antiseptic Formulation inspired by a St. Johns Eye Clinic physician. The Department of Defense awards $4.8M to SJMRI for a corneal wound repair initiative, including development of a drug delivery contact lens.

2010

Mercy Medical Research Institute

Sisters of Mercy Health System, formed in 1986, transitions in 2011 to Mercy, and SJMRI becomes Mercy Medical Research Institute. U.S. Patent No. US 8,083,347 is issued December 27, 2011 for Drug Delivery System and Method.

2013

National Clinical Oncology Research Program

The NCI revamped the CCOP program into NCORP (National Clinical Oncology Research Program). Our NCORP incorporates 3 Mercy sites Mercy Springfield, Mercy St. Louis and Mercy Joplin. The NCORP puts a high priority on cancer control studies (quality of life, cancer prevention) as well as Cancer Care Delivery Research.

2015

Mercy Research: Super Site™

All research programs across the Mercy Ministry were merged into a single entity called Mercy Research to leverage internal assets and bring more research opportunities to all Mercy patients and physicians.