The ink is dry. Audrain Medical Center and SSM Health Care have entered a partnership where AMC is now a part of larger, St. Charles-based healthcare system.
Bill Thompson, president of the four-state, 18-hospital system was on hand for what was billed as a signing celebration 2 p.m. April 3, at AMC’s Jansen Auditorium.
Looking at the more than 200 people who filled the auditorium to standing-room-only capacity he called the turnout outstanding and a sign of how much the area really cared about local healthcare, the hospital and its future.
“We have never lost sight of the fact that we exist to provide service to the people of the communities where we are,” said Thompson outlining SSM’s start by five German sisters who came to America in the 1872 with five dollars and a dream to care for the sick. The day marked a new beginning for both organizations, he said. “Working together to continue to serve the needs of this community, we have great respect for the caliber of care that you have traditionally and historically provided here. We are energized by the prospect of getting to know the physicians and the employees here much, much better,” Thompson said.
He said that between ACM and St. Mary’s in Jefferson City, another SSM hospital, they would be creating a “corridor of care,” across the state.
“To the community members here,” Thompson said, “I offer my commitment to continue the tradition of exception care that characterizes Audrain Medical Center and the Med Choice clinics.” In closing he quoted SSM’s mission statement. “Through our exceptional health care services we reveal the healing presence of God.”
Read more in the April 10 issue of The Vandalia Leader.