Sac-Osage Hospital to Affiliate with Citizens Memorial Hospital

Donald J. Babb, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Citizens Memorial Hospital District and Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation (CMH), announces the cooperative affiliation between CMH and Sac-Osage Hospital (SOH), Osceola.

“Even though it is with a heavy heart that the Board has decided to cease operation of Sac-Osage Hospital, we are very excited about the future of healthcare to St. Clair County residents with our new cooperative affiliation with Citizens Memorial Hospital,” says SOH Board Chairman Brandon Baker. “I believe that our new affiliation with CMH will strengthen the ability to provide high quality healthcare in Osceola by ensuring crucial services that are vital to our community are offered. Those services include strong primary care providers, full service outpatient services, a walk-in clinic, and an ambulance service.

“I ask for the support of our staff and community as we embark on this transition,” says Baker. “In the next few weeks, more information will be announced as we continue the process of transforming the delivery of healthcare to our community.”

Approval from SOH Board of Directors to affiliate with CMH was made during a vote that was held during a special meeting on Tuesday, July 15 at Sac-Osage Hospital.

"I sincerely believe that the timing of these actions is critical.  The old model of healthcare is just not sustainable in today’s’ healthcare reimbursement environment. Taking action now gives us an opportunity to define stable healthcare services that will meet the long term needs of this community," says M. Chris Smiley, Chief Executive Officer of SOH. "I want to thank all of my staff for the outstanding work they have done throughout the years, but especially for their steadfast dedication to this hospital and the community during this transition."

“Our vision for this location is to offer a new model of care that is built on the residents’ needs,” says Babb. “We are committed to providing quality healthcare services with advanced technology and access to a variety of services.”

Initially, CMH will utilize the Tri-County Clinic building to offer a Family Medicine practice and a Walk-In Clinic that is open seven days-a-week from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. The facility will also include telehealth services, outpatient lab, imaging (including X-ray and ultrasound), and rehabilitation (physical, occupational and speech therapy). A retail pharmacy will also be included in the building.

“When services grow, our vision is to build a large new facility that will accommodate added service offerings and additional space for medical providers,” says Babb. “We look forward to working with community members as we develop innovative solutions to meet the health needs of Osceola and surrounding communities.

As part of the affiliation agreement, CMH will also assume SOH ambulance service operations including maintaining base operations in Osceola. CMH also plans to purchase an additional ambulance to add to the two-ambulance fleet already in service.

CMH will be meeting with SOH employees to develop a plan for staffing needs for the clinic and ambulance service in Osceola. SOH employees will have an opportunity to apply for open positions in the CMH system.

A public meeting will be jointly hosted by CMH and SOH on Tuesday, July 29 at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Osceola, to discuss the details of the cooperative affiliation between CMH and SOH and how it will impact healthcare in Osceola and the region. The church is located at 505 Walnut St., Osceola.

About SOH

Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola, offers inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, and operates two rural health clinics, Tri-County Clinic in Osceola, and Lake Area Primary Care in Wheatland. Named for two rives, Sac River and Osage River, SOH district includes 11 townships in St. Clair County. The mission is to strengthen the health of our community by providing accessible, compassionate and affordable healthcare to those we serve.

About CMH

Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, is a fully-integrated healthcare system serving eight counties in southwest Missouri. Recognized nationally for its electronic medical record system, CMH is a level 3 trauma center and a STEMI center. CMH has 32 primary and specialty physician clinics. Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation operates seven long-term care facilities, and other ancillary services. CMH won the 2014 “Most Wired Innovator” Award, is one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, and was named a 2014 Business Class “Top 5” Award honoree by Springfield Business Journal. CMH is one of the 10 largest employers in southwest Missouri and was named one of the Top 10 Rural Hospitals in America. In 2010, CMH was awarded the Missouri Quality Award, which is modeled after the coveted Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award.

July 24, 2014

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