The decision to merge was made following ‘extensive due diligence and consultation between Mercy Health and Southern Cross Care (Vic).
Mercy Health Group Chief Executive Officer Stephen Cornelissen says the two organisations have a “bright future together”.
“This merger recognises that growing together provides us the best opportunity to improve our organisation’s fitness to respond better to the changing aged care market and public funding arrangements,” he says.
“I am proud to oversee the coming together of the two organisations which will expand and strengthen our ministry of care.
“Building on our shared Catholic heritage, our organisations can look forward to a future in which we will continue to provide high-quality, compassionate and affordable care to those in need.”
The combined organisations of Mercy Health and Southern Cross Care (Vic) will create one of the largest not-for-profit providers of aged care and community services in Victoria.