On Nov. 23, 1900, the Sisters of Mercy arrived in the mountains of Western North Carolina, opening an 18-bed tuberculosis sanitarium on the corner of French Broad and Patton Avenues — the first iteration of St. Joseph’s Hospital.
One hundred and eighteen years later, Mercy Urgent Care remains crucial to our region’s healthcare — one of its six locations still rising above traffic on Patton Avenue (though a bit down the road from its original location).
On Nov. 23, 2018, Mercy Urgent Care celebrates the start of its 119th year serving the communities of Western North Carolina — from West, South and East Asheville to Weaverville, Burnsville to Brevard. On this day, we invite you to join us in remembering our part in the community’s accomplishments and in setting goals for future compassionate care.
For nearly a century, Sisters of Mercy owned and operated Asheville’s St. Joseph’s Hospital, a 338-bed facility sold to Mission Hospitals in 1998. Mercy, however, retained and focused on its satellite urgent care facilities, expanding its network one community at a time.
Though we simplified our name in 2017 — from Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care to Mercy Urgent Care — our not-for-profit urgent care network still exists within the Sisters of Mercy umbrella, as a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy’s South Central Community.
Together, we strive to provide healthcare and related services consistent with the values of our founder, Catherine McAuley, who, through compassion and a strong will to serve, established the Sisters of Mercy in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland.
Each year, the Mercy Urgent Care network cares for more than 60,000 patients in both Western North Carolina and through our extensive international mission work. With a seventh urgent care center underway in Columbus, set to open in the spring/summer of 2019, Mercy Urgent Care is immensely proud of our legacy of caring for you that began on French Broad Avenue.
We couldn’t be happier to serve this community and are grateful for your continued support.