Who We Are
Pittsburgh Mercy is a person-centered, population-based, trauma-informed community health and wellness provider. We’re an integrated health care home and Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). We reach out and offer help – and hope – to some of our community’s most vulnerable populations:
- People who have physical and behavioral health challenges
- People who have intellectual disabilities
- People who are experiencing addiction, homelessness, abuse, and other forms of trauma.
Pittsburgh Mercy includes Bethlehem Haven, McAuley Ministries, Mercy Behavioral Health, Mercy Community Health, Mercy Intellectual Disabilities Services, Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, Operation Safety Net®, and Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center.
Pittsburgh Mercy’s focus is local and community-based. With annual operating revenue of $93.7 million, we’re one of the largest health and human service nonprofit organizations and employers in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Together, the Pittsburgh Mercy Family of Care™ serves more than 33,000 people annually in 60+ locations in Southwestern Pennsylvania and employs 1,700 colleagues.
A Heritage of Hope
Pittsburgh Mercy serves in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, a religious congregation of women founded in Ireland in 1831 by Catherine McAuley. Our history and heritage of hope begins with these courageous women of service.
Having spent most of her life relying on the goodness of others to provide her with food and shelter, Catherine inherited at the age of 40 approximately $1 million by today’s standards. Instead of using her newfound wealth to care for her own needs, Catherine instead built a House of Mercy to respond to the needs of the poor, especially women and children. The house was intentionally located at 64a Lower Baggot Street, one of Dublin’s most affluent neighborhoods. Catherine wanted to make the needs of the less fortunate known to those who had the resources to help. Known as Catherine’s House, the center is now home to the Mercy International Association.
In 1843, the Sisters of Mercy brought their caring and compassionate works of mercy and service to Pittsburgh. Mother Frances Warde led six other courageous young Sisters of Mercy to Pittsburgh, where they founded the first American congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. They visited and cared for the sick poor in their homes and opened a school in the basement of their convent on Penn Street (now Penn Avenue). The Sisters of Mercy quickly became known as “the walking Sisters” for their outreach and service to others.
On January 1, 1847, the Sisters of Mercy opened Mercy Hospital, the first permanent hospital in Pittsburgh and the first Mercy Hospital in the world. Everyone was welcomed regardless of race, nationality, age, gender, or religion.
Mercy Hospital grew quickly with Pittsburgh. In 1983, Mercy expanded to become Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, a network of integrated, community-based health and human services throughout the region.