• St. Mary's Medical Center sold to HCA

  • St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs has been sold to HCA.

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  • St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs has been sold to HCA.
    HCA’s Midwest Health System and Carondelet Health – which owns St. Mary’s, St. Joseph Hospital in south Kansas City and other health operations – made the announcement Thursday.
    The sale should be final in 60 to 90 days, pending regulatory approval, said Rob Dyer, vice president of marketing and public relations for HCA’s Mid-America Division.
    He said St. Mary’s will keep its name, much as was the case when HCA bought Menorah Medical Center years ago.
    Many in Blue Springs have expressed concern over the last several months after Carondelet, part of Ascension Health, said it was looking to sell the two hospitals and other facilities.
    “We are planning on keeping the hospital open. ... Our intent is to grow the hospital in line with the needs of the community,” Dyer said.
    The companies are not announcing the sale price.
    Many in the community also have stressed the 32-year-old hospital’s Catholic heritage and its history of generous care to the community, and Dyer said HCA will work to maintain that.
    Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross said Thursday he’s been told he’ll get the chance soon to meet with HCA and Ascension executives to discuss the hospital’s future.
    When HCA emerged as the likely buyer, “my concern was the close proximity of another one of their facilities to ours,” Ross said, a reference to Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.
    “That continues to be my concern,” he said.
    His message to HCA will be that Blue Springs is the 10th largest city in the state and very much wants to have its own hospital, and he pointed to the hospital’s highly regarded birthing unit as among the services that are valued and needed.
    The move gives HCA 12 hospitals in the metro area, including Centerpoint and Lee’s Summit Medical Center, as well as seven surgery centers. The company says it will have more than 10,000 employees in the metro area and says that will make it the largest private employer in the area.
    In addition to the two hospitals, Carondelet is selling HCA several other entities: St. Mary’s Surgical Center, South Kansas City Surgery Center, Carondelet Home Care; Carondelet Cardiology Services; Carondelet Health Resources; Carondelet Medical Enterprises; Carondelet Occupational Health, Wellness and Education Services; Carondelet Health Pharmacy; and Carondelet Physician Services.
    Ascension Health is keeping three long-term care facilities, St. Mary’s Manor in Blue Springs as well as Carondelet Manor and Villa St. Joseph. Ascension also will continue to operate the two hospitals’ foundations.

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