The operator of two local Catholic hospitals has finalized their sale to a for-profit company based in Ontario, Calif.
Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic health system, said in a statement Tuesday that it had reached a definitive agreement to sell St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs to Prime Healthcare Services. The two hospitals operate through Kansas City-based Carondelet Health.
Terms of the deal, which was first announced in July, were not disclosed, and the deal remains subject to regulatory approval.
Just days after Prime Healthcare Services agreed to buy two Kansas City-area hospitals, laid-off employees of two other area hospitals owned by Prime sued the company, claiming they were not provided with promised severance benefits.
The suit seeks class-action status on behalf of other terminated employees. It says 49 workers were let go immediately after Prime bought Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan., from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System in April 2013.
The pending sale of two Kansas City area hospitals to a California-based corporation comes as a relief to those currently in charge of the hospitals. However, some people are worried about what could happen.
The sale of Providence Medical Center and Leavenworth’s St. John Hospital to Prime Healthcare Services needs the blessing of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to go forward. Close to 100 people showed up for a public hearing conducted by the Schmidt last night.