Mercy Specialist Hospital Ahiaeke is owned and managed by the congregation of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Mercy.
The decision to establish this hospital was incited in 1995 following an outbreak of cholera in the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy (DMMM) Compassion Home Ahiaeke. Two orphans who were affected by the contagion were of severely dehydrated. The were taken to Federal MedicaI Centre (the then Ramat Specialist Hospital), Umuahia for treatment. Unfortunately on reaching there, it was discovered that the staff of the hospital embarked on industrial action and all efforts made to access emergency medical care for the children proved abortive. Consequently, Rev Srs lost helpless children. This painful experience devasted Sr. Bibiana Ogbonnaya, who was the matron of the home.
In a bid to prevent a reoccurrence, Sr Bibiana, through the auspices of Hans and Dagmar, a couple from Germany who witnessed the incident resolved to advocate for the building of a clinic to serve the compassion home. This couple sought for and got a sponsor for the project in the person of Tony Kelin. With the permission and cooperation of Very Reverend Mother Paul Offiah, (of the blessed memory) who was the superior general of DMMM congregation, the building was completed in three months.
The clinic was officially opened on the 20th of January, 1996, by His Lordship Bishop Iwejuru Ugorji, the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia Diocese. It was given the name, Home Clinic and was dedicated to Mary Mother of Mercy.
The clinic has undergone several changes in name, structure, status and scope of services. As time went on, the name changed to Mater Infirmorum and later to Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy Hospital. With advancements in organisation and services, it has upgraded to Mercy Specialist Hospital Ahiaeke and commissioned thus on the 15th August 2018.