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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Audrain Medical Center begins exclusive talks with SSM Health Care

  • Both share a commitment to quality community health care
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  • Audrain Medical Center entered into exclusive talks with SSM Health Care on Dec. 20, after completing a formal process of investigating potential affiliations. The alignment – which would include SSM Health Care operating and managing Audrain Medical Center – is the first step towards building a stronger clinical, strategic and financial partnership between both organizations.
    "We are excited to partner with SSM – a health care organization that shares a similar mission, vision, and values centered around local access to value-based care with improved health and wellbeing at the forefront of our service delivery," said David A. Neuendorf, president and chief executive officer of Audrain Medical Center. "We continually strive to find ways to improve the care we provide our community, and our partnership with SSM will enhance our ability to provide coordinated, high-quality care to the residents of Audrain County and surrounding communities."
    Audrain Medical Center is an 88-bed, acute-care facility. A partnership with a larger health care system will provide local caregivers and residents with an integrated network of specialty physicians and support services. Audrain Medical Center will also benefit from access to the expertise of a national quality award winning organization in an era of rapid industry and regulatory change.
    "Audrain Medical Center has been recognized for its clinical quality, and it shares SSM's commitment to improving the patient experience and reducing the total cost of care," said William P. Thompson, president and chief executive officer of SSM Health Care. "Together we will be able to provide quality care within the community that is coordinated and convenient for people."
    SSM Health Care owns and operates 17 hospitals in four states, including St. Mary's Health Center in nearby Jefferson City, and has 41 affiliate hospitals, most located in rural or small communities. The organization maintains one of the Midwest region's premier pediatric hospitals, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, which offers on-site care at more than 20 Illinois and Missouri locations outside of the St. Louis metro region.
    "We don't want to partner with just any health care system," said Neuendorf. "It is important that our partner shares our values and our focus on always putting the patient first. A partnership with SSM fosters a bright, sustainable future for Audrain Medical Center, which benefits our employees and physicians, and the residents and communities that we serve."
    SSM Health Care is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system with an international reputation as a pioneer in the use of quality measures to improve care. With 7,300 physicians and more than 25,600 employees in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. It is located in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Illinois and Missouri. In every region, SSM facilities forge creative relationships in the community to foster healthier people and healthier neighborhoods. Through these relationships and at its various sites, SSM serves more than 1.5 million people annually.
    Page 2 of 2 - Audrain Medical Center is an 88-bed, regional acute-care hospital located on a 13-acre campus in Mexico, Missouri. It provides a variety of specialty services including comprehensive cancer services, interventional cardiology services, advanced orthopedic care, and pulmonology services. It has a strong primary care presence with nine Rural Health Clinics located in six surrounding communities. Audrain Medical Center is recognized as a low cost provider in mid-Missouri and its 30-day readmission rate for heart failure patients is among the lowest in the state.
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