St. Joseph Medical Center in south Kansas City and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs will not become part of the vast HCA Midwest Health System. HCA and Ascension Health, which owns the two nonprofit hospitals, announced they were calling off the deal because they hadn’t gotten approval from the Federal Trade Commission, the agency that reviews hospital acquisitions for antitrust issues.
Carondelet spokeswoman Cyndi Fahrlander said she expected the hospitals to remain open but could not say whether Carondelet would look for other buyers.
With eight hospitals that control about 22 percent of the market, HCA Midwest is the Kansas City area’s largest health care system. It is part of the national HCA chain of for-profit hospitals.