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Prime Healthcare Closes Deal For St. Joseph, St. Mary’s Hospitals

St. Joseph Medical Center

A California-based hospital company said Friday it had completed its acquisition of St. Joseph Medical Center in south Kansas City, Mo., and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs, Mo.

Prime Healthcare Services purchased the hospitals from Ascension Health, which operated the hospitals through Kansas City-based Carondelet Health. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The two acute-care hospitals have 456 beds and 900 physicians on staff combined.

Prime’s acquisition also includes the three Carondelet Health long-term care facilities – Carondelet Manor, Villa Saint Joseph and St. Mary’s Manor.

The two hospitals’ charitable foundations will remain part of Ascension.

The deal closed two days after Ascension agreed to set aside $20 million from the sale for charitable care. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster insisted on the set-aside as a condition of the sale of the nonprofit institutions.

Prime Healthcare also owns and operates Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan.

“Having four hospitals on both sides of the Missouri River gives us a significant market presence to better serve these communities,” Luis Leon, president of operations for Prime Healthcare, said in a news release.

Mike Sherry is a reporter for KCPT television in Kansas City, Mo., a partner in the Heartland Health Monitor team.

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