For Immediate Release: January 19, 2021
For more than a century, Dierbergs Markets and Mercy have served the people of the St. Louis area. Now, for the first time, they are working together to serve the region.
Dierbergs Markets and Mercy have entered into an agreement for Mercy to acquire all 22 of Dierbergs’ traditional and specialty pharmacies and operate the pharmacies in their current locations under a long-term lease. Mercy also may develop pharmacies at future Dierbergs locations under the agreement.
“Since 1980, Dierbergs has offered high-quality pharmacy services. Customers trust their Dierbergs pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and enjoy the convenience of having this service right in our stores,” said Greg Dierberg, president and CEO of Dierbergs Markets. “The clinical and business aspects of pharmacy are changing rapidly. Entrusting the pharmacies to Mercy ensures the continued delivery and enhancement of these services in Dierbergs Markets with the exceptional service and quality that customers throughout Missouri and Illinois count on.”
Adding 22 pharmacies to the Mercy network enhances convenience for Mercy patients and the community, including Mercy co-workers and their families. With this expansion, the total of Mercy pharmacies increases to 34 in the St. Louis region and 48 across Mercy’s four states.
“Mercy is focused on making care accessible and close to home for patients across the Metro area and in every community we serve, and convenient pharmacy services are critical to that care,” said Stephen Mackin, executive vice president, Mercy and president, Mercy St. Louis Community. “Adding the Dierbergs pharmacy locations will further Mercy’s community health efforts in the St. Louis region, which include our focus on urgent care with our Mercy-GoHealth centers and our growing number of outpatient locations. Mercy is committed to meeting people where they live, work and shop.”
All Dierbergs pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other pharmacy associates in good standing when the transition concludes will continue at their current locations and become employed by Mercy, subject to completing onboarding requirements.
“While the name will be changing, customers won’t see any change in the exceptional quality and service they have come to expect,” Mackin said. “All prescriptions and customer information will transfer to Mercy seamlessly and, in most cases, the same caring pharmacists and technicians will continue to serve customers at Mercy Pharmacy locations in Dierbergs after this transition.”
With the signing of these agreements, Dierbergs and Mercy are working toward completing the transition this spring, pending approvals.
For more information about this transition, visit Dierbergs.com/mercy.
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Dierbergs Markets is a fourth-generation family grocery store, with roots traced back to a country store was founded in West St. Louis County in 1854. Dierbergs prioritizes serving our customers and our communities; and today, employs more than 4,000 Associates in 24 St. Louis metropolitan-area stores and one location at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems for four consecutive years (2016 to 2019) by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 45,000 co-workers and 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy’s IT division, Mercy Technology Services, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients from coast to coast.
314-251-4472 or Bethany.Pope @ Mercy.net
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