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2013-03-06 – SSM Health Care Acquires Audrain Medical Center in Missouri

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SSM Health Care and 88-bed Audrain Medical Center, in Mexico, Mo., announced Monday that they had signed an agreement for SSM to own and operate the medical center and its nine MedChoice rural clinics starting April l.

SSM will also form a Mid-Missouri Region because of the proximity of the medical center and its clinics to St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City, Mo. Brent VanConia, president of St. Mary’s Health Center, will become interim president of SSM’s Mid-Missouri Region. The agreement was signed last week.

“Bringing Audrain Medical Center into the SSM Health Care system and forming a Mid-Missouri Region will allow SSM to extend its health ministry to a new part of Missouri,” said William P. Thompson, SSM’s president and chief executive officer. “Audrain Medical Center recognizes the advantage of being part of a larger organization that is committed to continuing to serve the local community and they share a similar mission, vision and values.”

A partnership with a larger health-care system provides the regional hospital’s patients access to a network of specialty physicians and support services. It also benefits from the expertise of a national, quality award-winning organization in an era of rapid industry and regulatory change.

Audrain Medical Center is about 50 miles from St. Mary’s Health Center, a member of SSM Health Care. The acute-care hospital has more than 500 employees and 40 active physicians and nurse practitioners. The medical center has been providing care in the Audrain/Mexico community since 1918 and has been recognized for its clinical quality and safety and its commitment to patient-centered care.

“Being part of SSM Health Care means a bright, sustainable future for Audrain Medical Center,” said David Neuendorf, who will continue as president of the medical center. “This agreement benefits our employees, physicians and the residents of the communities we serve.”

“I am very pleased that this agreement will allow SSM to extend its health-care ministry through the strong network of physicians and clinics now owned and operated by Audrain,” said St. Mary’s President Brent VanConia. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to work together with Audrain and welcome them into the SSM Health Care family.”

The addition of Audrain Medical Center will bring the number of SSM hospitals to 18. The medical center will eventually be renamed to reflect its affiliation with SSM Health Care. The new name is to be determined.

SSM and Audrain Medical Center entered into exclusive talks in December.

March 18, 2013