Jefferson City: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10

Special Olympics Missouri Training for Life Campus
305 Special Olympics Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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Mexico: 8 to 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12

Presser Arts Black Box Theatre
900 S. Jefferson St.
Mexico, MO 65265

A continental breakfast will be served, courtesy of Audrain Development Incorporated, DBA Progress Mexico. Event sponsored by the Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

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Jefferson City: 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 17

Special Olympics Missouri Training for Life Campus
305 Special Olympics Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101

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Why is MU Health Care pursuing this potential transaction?

MU Health Care believes that integrating these facilities will further advance its mission to save and improve the lives of all Missourians. By deepening its presence in Jefferson City and Mexico, communities will have greater access to care, a more reliable path for training and recruiting physicians, nurses and other health professionals, and a larger regional network that can provide more advanced levels of care, as needed.

What is a Letter of Intent (LOI)? What happens next?

An LOI outlines the preliminary, non-binding commitments made by each party, and serves as the basis for creating a definitive agreement. Now that LOIs have been signed, a diligence process will begin and pending final negotiations, we will jointly decide whether to proceed with final agreements.

What kind of transaction is planned? 

The potential transaction is a transfer of ownership of St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City, St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain and related health care operations. MU Health Care is entering into the potential transaction based on its continued growth and strong financial standing. While details of the transaction are still being negotiated, no state funding will be required.

When will a final decision be made?

The diligence process is expected to take several months. We will provide more details as soon as we are able.

What changes can patients expect to see as a result of this transaction? Will this affect patient care?

MU Health Care believes that this transaction will further advance its mission to save and improve the lives of all Missourians. By deepening its presence in Jefferson City and Mexico, MU Health Care can help to ensure continued and expanded access to affordable quality care for all those living in Missouri.

There will be no disruption in the quality care patients and communities expect and deserve. Like SSM Health, MU Health Care has a strong commitment to providing safe, quality, patient-centered care that improves the health of individuals and communities. This transition will ensure the people of Jefferson City, Mexico and surrounding communities will have access to clinical excellence.

What does this potential transaction mean for the communities in Cole and Audrain Counties?

MU Health Care will work with Cole County and Audrain County to create an outstanding and sustainable health care model to best serve the clinical needs of these communities.

Through this transition, these communities will have greater access to care, a more reliable path for training and recruiting physicians, nurses and other health professionals, and a larger regional network that can provide more advanced levels of care, as needed.

The transition also will better position St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City and St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain to meet the many challenges posed by today’s rapidly changing health care marketplace, which is putting increasing pressure on hospitals and health care systems to expand access to care while also making care affordable.

MU Health Care sees an opportunity to enhance its support for patients across Missouri. We aim to provide additional support that will help ensure the communities served by St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City and St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain continue to have regional access to quality care and specialty services.

How will this transaction impact physicians and employees of Capital Region Medical Center?

MU Health Care has had a strong clinical affiliation with Capital Region Medical Center for more than 20 years and deeply values its employees and physicians. We do not anticipate that the potential transfer of ownership will affect the relationship nor agreements held with Capital Region Medical Center and its staff.

By deepening its investment in Jefferson City, MU Health Care will help ensure that patients can receive specialty care close to home – in turn, creating new opportunities and increasing demand for physicians within Cole County.

MU Health Care will carefully consider opportunities to apply sound strategies that prioritize sustainability and local delivery of care across central Missouri, recognizing the realities of the rapidly changing marketplace. MU Health Care will prioritize the professional futures of all physicians and employees in all discussions.

How will MU Health Care’s current relationship with Capital Region Medical Center be affected by the potential transfer of ownership of St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City?

MU Health Care has been committed to Jefferson City for more than 20 years through a strong clinical affiliation with Capital Region Medical Center. The potential transfer of ownership of St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City will only strengthen our ability to deliver care as a system that is personalized and meets local needs, while employing the expertise and resources of our premier academic health system that serves central Missouri and beyond.

Will service lines at St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City and St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain be eliminated, consolidated or moved to other MU Health Care facilities?

At this stage, it is premature to speculate about the service line decisions that will be made.

In Cole County, this opportunity builds on MU Health Care’s strong clinical affiliation with Capital Region Medical Center. In Audrain County, this opportunity enables MU Health Care to ensure patients have access to a full continuum of health care services. The opportunity also allows MU Health Care to further our efforts to provide strong support to rural communities that are facing increasing shortages of primary care and family medicine physicians.

How will this transaction impact physicians and employees of St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City and St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain?

MU Health Care leadership recognizes the experience and commitment of the physicians and employees at St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City and St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain and will take their interests into careful consideration throughout the process. MU Health Care also will prioritize the retention of physicians and employees; their professional futures will be at the forefront of all discussions.

Through this potential transfer of ownership, current physicians of St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City and St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain will continue to serve on an open medical staff, while both physicians and employees will have increased access to a wider range of opportunities for jobs, growth and advancement within the MU Health Care organization.

By deepening its investment in Jefferson City, MU Health Care will help ensure that patients can receive specialty care close to home – in turn, creating new opportunities and increasing demand for physicians within Cole County.

MU Health Care will work with SSM Health to ensure that the benefits and compensation for employees are competitive and market-based.

Will this transaction affect the cost of health care?

MU Health Care is committed to ensuring patients have access to affordable, quality health care. As public institutions, the University of Missouri and MU Health Care are guided by all rules and regulations established by the state of Missouri. Through the potential transfer of ownership of St. Mary’s Hospital-Jefferson City, St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain and related health care operations, we do not anticipate any significant changes in our relationship nor contracts with insurers and will not increase the cost of care.