Boone Hospital, MU hit pause button on partnership talks

Talks of a partnership between Columbia’s Boone Hospital Center and MU Health Care have ended for the time being.

Boone Hospital Center’s board of trustees and MU Health Care issued a joint statement Thursday morning announcing that after 18 months of negotiations they have decided to pause exclusive negotiations.

The trustees and representatives of MU have been talking behind closed doors regularly about a possible collaboration as the 2020 expiration of Boone Hospital Center’s lease with BJC HealthCare approaches.

BJC has informed the trustees it believes the best interest of both parties is for Boone Hospital Center to find a new arrangement for management of the hospital. It recommended last year that Boone seek a partnership with MU Health Care.

If either Boone or BJC intends to discontinue the current lease arrangement, it must notify the other party by the end of 2018.

BHC trustees chairman Brian Neuner said in an interview on Thursday that Boone Hospital Center and MU Health Care’s interests don’t align at this time and cited mission differences between the two.

Read more: Columbia Missourian

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