Mercy to provide care for police, firefighters

MARYLAND WATCH

February 25, 1997

Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Sister Helen Amos, RSM, president and chief executive officer of Mercy Medical Center, yesterday signed a giant blowup of a contract that marks the city's selection of Mercy to provide occupational health services to 6,000 city police and fire employees.

The three-year contract is expected to be worth $2.5 million. Mercy will receive a monthly fee for consulting on health and safety, and will be paid on a fee-for-service basis for treating injured police officers and firefighters and for such work as pre-employment physicals.

Four providers submitted proposals, and the selection was based on price and quality, Schmoke said.

The contract replaces a city-run police and fire clinic that Schmoke said was open for limited hours and cost about $1 million a year to operate. The mayor expects the contract to save the city money by treating injured employees around the clock and getting them back to work more quickly.

Mercy's Business Health Services department provides similar care for the Baltimore County police and fire departments and the state Department of Transportation.

Pub Date: 2/25/97

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