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Examiner
  • Community still rallying for St. Mary's Medical Center

  • Leaders in Blue Springs are reminding residents to let HCA Midwest Health System know just what St. Mary’s Medical Center means to the community.

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  • Leaders in Blue Springs are reminding residents to let HCA Midwest Health System know just what St. Mary’s Medical Center means to the community.
    Ascension Health, which owns the 32-year-old hospital, confirmed last week that it’s headed toward selling St. Mary’s to HCA.
    “This could be a best-case scenario, I think, as for the operation of the hospital,” Bill Essmann, a member of the St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation board, said Thursday at the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. HCA has the assets needed to keep the hospital viable, he said.
    As word of a possible sale got around earlier this year, Essmann and others organized a social media campaign – “Faces for St. Mary’s” – to underscore for a potential buyer the importance of the hospital. Many have gone to the campaign’s Facebook page to post stories praising the staff, telling of their children’s birth or a loved one’s care, or emphasising the tradition of care through Catholic hospitals. Essmann said that campaign is still going.
    “We would like to show our new corporate partner in the community our support for St. Mary’s,” he said.
    Ascension Health also would sell St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City but would keep St. Mary’s Manor and two other long-term care facilities. Ascension has not said when a sale might be completed.
    St. Mary’s employs more than 650 people, the second-largest employer in the city, with a $30 million annual payroll.
    HCA has hospitals across the country, including Centerpoint, Lee’s Summit Medical Center and six others in the metro area.
     
     
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