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SSM Health to Obtain SLUCare from Saint Louis University

Once the deal is finalized, SLUCare will become a division of academic physicians within SSM Health-St. Louis, bringing its number of service providers to 1,200 in the region.

ST. LOUIS – SSM Health is acquiring Saint Louis University’s SLUCare Physician Group, a move that executives say will provide patients with “enhanced and seamless access to all levels of care.”

Terms of the transaction, which is expected to close this summer, were not released by the two Catholic organizations. SLU and SSM have reached an agreement in principle and the next step is to continue negotiations and sign definitive agreements within two weeks.

Once the deal is finalized, SLUCare will become a division of academic physicians within SSM Health-St. Louis, bringing its number of service providers to 1,200 in the region.

According to SLU and SSM Health, SLUcare patients will experience no disruption from their healthcare providers or the location of healthcare services.

“We are focused on how to provide patients with better care, simplified care and more coordinated access to care,” said Jeremy Fotheringham, regional president of SSM Health.

The sale of SLUCare will generate a “significant investment” in Saint Louis University’s medical school, allowing it to expand clinical research, medical training and teaching facilities in the region, said Dr. Christine Jacobs , dean and vice president of medicine for the school. business.

Integrating an academic practice into a health care system has become common across the country in recent years, including at Harvard University and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, Jacobs added.

SSM Health, SLUCare and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine have been partners for decades at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital and, most recently, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

“We worked together so closely for so long that when we thought about how to be more effective together, we realized total integration was the best way forward,” Jacobs said.

The integration of SLUCare into SSM Health-St. Louis will provide patients with improved access to all levels of care, from primary care and preventive services to highly specialized procedures and clinical trials, Jacobs said. SLUCare’s 1,700 faculty and staff, along with 600 residents, will be part of SSM Health-St. Louis, she said.

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