Friday, April 29, 2016 - Updated: 6:00 am
In a move designed to improve women’s health services in southwestern Pennsylvania, Bethlehem Haven will become part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System.
Ray Wolfe, chief operating officer of Pittsburgh Mercy, said, “Bethlehem Haven and Pittsburgh Mercy will have a stronger voice in advocating for the poor, the homeless and the underserved. We will strive to be the national model for community-based women’s health care services, opening the door to many other potential opportunities for collaboration.”
Bethlehem Haven will retain its mission, core values, vision, 501(c)(3) status, board of directors, name and corporate identity. It will begin to identify itself as part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Family of Care. Donations and fund-raising will remain separate, but the two organizations will seek opportunities to collaborate on grants.
The affiliation will enhance access to community-based health services that are focused on the needs of the whole person and the effect of trauma on the lives of individuals, families and communities.
“Bethlehem Haven and Pittsburgh Mercy have strong legacies. We share similar missions, core values and an unparalleled commitment to social justice and service to others, especially underserved and vulnerable populations,” said Mercy Sister Susan Welsh, president and CEO of Pittsburgh Mercy.
Based in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood, Bethlehem Haven has more than 30 years of experience and a proven track record in providing shelter and supportive services, including emergency shelter, housing intervention, rapid rehousing, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, health and wellness services, and supportive employment services to women who are experiencing homelessness in the Pittsburgh area.
The agency serves 1,500 people annually in three locations in Allegheny County and employs approximately 50 people. It has an annual budget in excess of $3 million.
“The Bethlehem Haven board’s choice to become part of the Pittsburgh Mercy Family of Care will advance Bethlehem Haven’s mission to provide a continuum of care for homeless and underserved women that leads toward self-sufficiency,” said Thomas Herward, president of the Bethlehem Haven board of directors and interim CEO. “We’re better together. We can accomplish more together than we can separately. We’re excited about the benefits that our coming together will bring to the people and communities we serve.”
Pittsburgh Mercy, part of Trinity Health, has more than 170 years of experience in community-based health and human services. Its strengths include behavioral health (mental health and addiction) services, intellectual disabilities services and community health services, including primary care, gynecological care and dental care; an array of programs for people experiencing homelessness, abuse and other forms of trauma; and services for veterans.
Headquartered on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, Pittsburgh Mercy serves more than 33,000 people annually in more than 60 locations in southwestern Pennsylvania. It employs 1,700 people and has an annual budget of $94 million.
The transaction is pending approval by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Bethlehem Haven and Pittsburgh Mercy hope to complete the transaction by June 30.