BJC Healthcare and the trustees of Columbia’s Boone Hospital Center have agreed to a split when the lease between the two expires at the end of 2020.
St. Louis-based BJC has operated the county-owned hospital for almost three decades.
In 2016, Boone issued a request for proposals from prospective future managers of the hospital. In addition to BJC, four other options emerged: making a deal with MU HealthCare, St. Luke’s Health System or Duke LifePoint Healthcare, or managing the hospital as a standalone entity.
Boone and MU HealthCare subsequently engaged in 18 months of exclusive talks about a partnership, but they hit pause on those in January. BJC reportedly told the trustees last year that a combination with MU HealthCare was the best option for the two.
However, concerns persist about the regulatory challenges to a combination between the two biggest health care providers in the Columbia market — and what such a partnership might mean to consumers.
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