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Audrain Medical Center reveals new name, enhanced patient promise

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain President Dave Neuendorf addresses the crowd during a press conference to announce the name change last Tuesday in Mexico.

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain President Dave Neuendorf addresses the crowd during a press conference to announce the name change last Tuesday in Mexico.

Since joining SSM Health Care last year, Audrain Medical Center has been transforming the care it provides to patients in Mexico and the surrounding communities.
At a press conference held on Tuesday, October 14, it was announced that the local hospital is changing its name to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain.
This name links Audrain Medical Center to SSM’s parent organization, SSM Health Care, which has a care network that extends across four states. It also creates a clear connection to sister hospital, St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City. St. Mary’s Health Center President Brent Van Conia began the press conference by reading a reflection entitled “A Blessing to Begin the Day.”
“This is truly an exciting time for all of us in Audrain and across Mid-Missouri,” President Van Conia added.
The former AMC joins an SSM region with over 60 employee providers, 20 locations and more than 3,000 positions and volunteers, among other services. On November 16, a new St. Mary’s Hospital is opening in Jefferson City.
Earlier last week, SSM Health Care announced its own name change to SSM Health. The organization is transitioning to SSM Health because it better reflects a commitment to managing health and wellness, not just treating illness.
“We are very proud to be a part of SSM Health and also share the St. Mary’s name,” said Dave Neuendorf, President of Audrain Medical Center in a press release. “By uniting, we now make it easier for patients to see who we are and how our services are integrated. We want to let the people know that whenever they come to any SSM Health location, they can expect the same quality of care.”
At the press conference, President Neuendorf acknowledge local city and county officials as well as representatives from other sister hospital locations.
He noted that there is a lot of work to making a consistent name change.
“We’re quite honored to have that name (St. Mary’s) here in Audrain,” Neuendorf added. “…We accept that with humility  and we commit to providing exceptional services that come with an honored name like that.”
St. Mary’s Health Cen-ter also announced last week its change to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City.
“This is such an exciting time,” said Brent Van Conia, President of St. Mary’s Health Center. “We are further connecting the care delivered at Audrain Medical Center with St. Mary’s Health Center as well as our many outpatient and medical group locations. Together as SSM Health, we will continue to provide an exceptional experience for each and every patient we see – that is our promise.”
Expect to hear more about this transformation soon. Currently, SSM employees are gathering together across Mid-Missouri to develop and design a consistent approach to delivering an exceptional experience in every encounter.
Refreshments were served during a reception after the press conference, which was held at the current facility at 100 St. Mary’s Plaza in Mexico, Mo.
About SSM
Health Care
SSM Health Care ( is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation.
With care delivery sites in  Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, SSM includes 19 hospitals, more than 60 outpatient care sites, a pharmacy benefit company, an insurance company, two nursing homes, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a technology company, and two Accountable Care Organizations. With more than 1,300 employed physicians and nearly 30,000 employees in four states, SSM is one of the largest employers in every community it serves. An early adopter of the electronic health record (EHR), SSM is a national leader for the depth of its EHR integration. The addition of Dean Health System in 2013 brings the number of physician visits across SSM Health Care to four million annually.