BRANSON, Mo. -- The Skaggs Regional Medical Center board signaled Tuesday that it might be willing to sell its hospital and related enterprises to a larger health care company. The company issued a news release and held a news conference.
Skaggs Hospital opened in January 1950 after a couple of years of construction. It's named for the founders of the Safeway grocery chain, who donated money to build the hospital just north of downtown Branson. Here's more on those early years and the company's history.
Here's the edited news release:
BRANSON, Mo. -- To continue providing high quality care and meeting commitments to employees and the community, Skaggs Regional Medical Center is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to find a key strategic partner.
“The Board of Directors is focused on quality care in the community and preserving jobs,” said David Smith, chairman of the Skaggs Board of Directors. “In the changing healthcare landscape, we, like other rural, independent hospitals, need to shift to a new way of operating.”
The shift is spurred by such things as the evolving private insurance market, the national financial crisis, healthcare reform and the needs of the hospital. These types of changes are creating opportunities for new partnerships in which health systems and hospitals come together in joint ventures, affiliations and mergers, which may emerge from the RFP process.
“There is much to be gained in such a partnership,” said William Mahoney, president and chief executive officer of Skaggs. “Added benefits of a partnership include strategic resources and contracting, capital infusion and physician recruitment.”
“We are looking for a good strategic and cultural fit,” said Mahoney. “We desire a partner that shares our values in quality care for the community and our people.”
The medical center is also responding to advances in medicine, changing some of the services it offers. For example, stent technology has dramatically reduced the number of open heart surgeries we perform therefore Skaggs will allow contracts tied to that service to expire in March. All affected Skaggs employees will be retained. Skaggs will continue to provide needed cardiology services, which includes non-invasive care and cardiac rehab.
“Making such changes now strengthens our position in a partnership,” explains Mahoney.
“We will continue to provide updates as we move through the process,” said Mahoney. “In the meantime, Skaggs’ Board, management, employees and medical staff will continue to serve our patients every day with the same dedication and quality as we have for more than 60 years.”
Skaggs Regional Medical Center is a 165-licensed bed community-owned and supported healthcare facility dedicated to improving the health of all area residents. Skaggs holds the highest national accreditation available for medical facilities from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Skaggs has also earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for its advanced inpatient diabetes care and is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center through the Joint Commission on Accreditation.