The Erie center, which is being renamed the Mercy Gastroenterology Center, is adjacent to the hospital at 3700 Kolbe Road.
The Erie center employs 13 who will transfer to Mercy, according to a Monday news release. The release did not say how much Mercy — which has annual revenue of between $230 million and $240 million — paid for the center. Jennifer Cakir, a Mercy spokeswoman, didn’t return a call Monday night.
The purchase is part of Mercy’s efforts to get more people over 50 to have a colonoscopy, the release said.
“Our goal is not only to improve access, but to also improve the scope and quality of all aspects of gastrointestinal health that will benefit patients in our community,” said Ed Oley, Mercy CEO. Oley said the new center will provide patients with a, “friendly, professional, convenient and comfortable setting for procedures.”
About 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer annually and 50,000 die from it, according to the American Cancer Society. If treated early, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent.
Colonoscopies cut the chances of colon cancer in half, according to a Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center study last year. Some doctors recommend colonoscopies every 10 years after patients turn 50. However, a study last year by the Annals of Internal Medicine found those who had one colonoscopy after 50 had the same survival rates as those who had them every 10 years.