Charlotte, North Carolina – (May 3, 2019) – Acuity Healthcare, an employee-owned hospital company and a national leader in long-term acute care, is pleased to announce that Jiji Mercado, bachelor of science in nursing and registered nurse, has been named the 2018 Acuity Healthcare Clinician of the Year. She works in Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey, located in Willingboro, New Jersey.

Mercado, started her career in 1989 working in the Philippians at the University of Santo Tomas. In Saudi Arabia, she worked in a military hospital for six years before serving as a flight nurse for an additional three years. She began her career in the United States in 2003, and has been an integral member of the Acuity team since 2007.

“Nursing is about compassion and you have to put your heart into every day and in everything you do. Not just to sick people but to elderly people too, said Jiji Mercado, BSN, RN. “I tell my daughter if God ever gave me another life, I would still want to be a nurse. This award is such an honor. It was unexpected, and I am privileged to be a part of the Acuity Healthcare team.”

“Jiji is a dedicated, innovative employee who is a strong leader of our nursing team. Her commitment to care exceeds all standards,” said Judy K. Weaver, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N., vice president, clinical quality and chief clinical officer and chief executive officer, Acuity Specialty Hospital of  Ohio Valley. “We all marvel at how she performs her work with zeal. She considers each patient’s needs and individualizes their plan of care and has worked hard for this. We could not be any prouder of Jiji and we applaud her today and every day for all she does to make Acuity the best in all we do.”

Mercado’s leadership skills and positive attitude are evident in how she leads the team successfully.  She is an active volunteer at Red Cross to educate children regarding nursing, and she prides herself on organizing and participating in her church’s annual Christmas functions.

About Acuity Healthcare

Acuity Healthcare is an employee-owned (ESOP) long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) company founded in 2001 with headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Acuity Healthcare currently owns and manages three LTACHs in New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia. Acuity is focused on the development and operation of LTACHs and the delivery of specialized care with improved outcomes. We offer quality care in a cost-effective manner to medically complex patients who require intensive hospital services for an extended length of stay. To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit us at www.AcuityHealthcare.net.

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey:

Acuity Specialty Hospital of Southern New Jersey (AHSNJ) is a 69-bed long-term acute care hospital. AHSNJ is conveniently located on the campus of Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Willingboro, New Jersey.

To learn more about Acuity Healthcare, please visit us at www.AcuityHealthcare.net