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July 31, 2013

St. Mary's acquires Clay County Hospital

FLORA — St. Mary's Good Samaritan Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire Clay County Hospital by the end of the year.

Terms of the non-binding preliminary agreement will not be disclosed, according to information from St. Mary's Good Samaritan, Inc.

Clay County Hospital is owned by Clay County and managed by BJC HealthCare of St. Louis. Information from SMGSI states when the agreement is finalized, all ownership and management responsibilities will transition to SMGSI.

The hospital is a 22-bed facility with a 10 member medical staff and 177 healthcare professionals. The hospital has been serving Clay County for more than 60 years.

"Under the agreement, Clay County Hospital would become part of St. Mary's Good Samaritan Inc. (SMGSI), which includes Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon and St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia," information states. "Both hospitals are located approximately 45 to 50 miles from Clay County Hospital. SMGSI is a join operating agreement between St. Louis-based SSM Health Care and Felician Services, Inc., an international congregation of nearly 2,000 women religious."

Discussions with Clay County Hospital began in late 2012, information states. The preliminary agreement was signed on July 11.

"Clay County Hospital has an excellent reputation for providing high quality care, and we are pleased to join them in serving the residents of Clay County and the surrounding communities," stated Phil Gustafson, Regional President/System Vice President, St. Mary's Good Samaritan, Inc.

"Bringing Clay County Hospital to the SSM Health Care system will allow SSM to extend its health care ministry to a new part of Illinois," said William P. Thompson, SSM President/CEO. "Together we will be able to provide quality care within the community that is coordinated and convenient for people."

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