Clay County Hospital Moves to New Management

Clay County Hospital has signed a management agreement with St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Inc. (SMGSI) effective January 1, 2014.

The 22-bed critical access hospital is currently owned by Clay County and has been managed by BJC for the past 20 years. Under the new agreement, Clay County Hospital will be managed by SMGSI, which has two hospitals located in Mt. Vernon and Centralia, Illinois, approximately 50 miles from Clay County Hospital. The agreement creates a local, integrated network of specialty physicians and support services for residents of Clay County.

“The CCH board has been exploring a variety of options regarding long-term positioning of health care in the Clay County community,” says Sandra Van Trease, BJC group president. “BJC worked with the board over the past few years to develop alternatives for consideration, including management, lease and acquisition options.”

SMSGI is a regional network of provider serving portions of 11 counties throughout south-central Illinois. It is sponsored jointly by St. Louis-based SSM Health Care and Felician Services Inc., an international congregation of nearly 2,000 women’s religious orders.

Clay County Hospital’s 10-member medical staff and 177 health care professionals have been serving the health care needs of Clay County, Illinois, residents for more than 60 years.