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SSM Health-Southern Illinois and Washington County Hospital sign management agreement


MT. VERNON, IL – SSM Health - Southern Illinois and Washington County Hospital in Nashville are pleased to announce an expanded partnership.  After many years of working together in an affiliate relationship, Washington County Hospital entered a management agreement with SSM Health in May. The agreement will offer Washington County Hospital a wide range of management support services that will provide additional depth and resources to the facility as the team continues to provide quality health care services to the community.    

"In today’s healthcare environment, it is important for independent hospitals to establish alignment with a strong system,” said Nancy Newby, Chief Executive Officer, Washington County Hospital.  "With this management agreement, our hospital remains independent, yet we gain the resources of SSM Health to assist in guiding our future. Our priority is to ensure quality healthcare is provided in our community for the long term future.”    

The Washington County Hospital Board selected SSM Health because of the long-established working relationship between the two organizations and SSM’s commitment to sustaining health care services in the local community.

“We are very proud to have been selected as Washington County Hospital’s management partner by the Board,” says Kerry Swanson, Regional President, SSM Health - Southern Illinois. “We believe we are better, together. We look forward to working with this talented team to position Washington County Hospital for the future.” 

Matt Bierman (seated left), Chairman, Washington County Hospital Board of Directors, and Kerry Swanson (seated right), Region President, SSM Health-Southern Illinois, are joined by leadership representatives from the two organizations at a document signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon, May 9, announcing Washington County Hospital has entered a management agreement with SSM Health.

About SSM Health in Southern Illinois

In Illinois, SSM Health operates two hospitals, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia, and two Express Clinic locations. SSM Health Medical Group includes 40 primary and specialty physicians with offices in over 15 convenient locations throughout southern Illinois. Our physicians and hospitals have received numerous awards for safety, quality, and customer service, and along with the SSM Health Medical Group, are operated in partnership with the Felician Sisters.

About SSM Health

SSM Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system. The organization’s more than 40,000 employees and 10,000 providers are committed to providing exceptional health care services and revealing God’s healing presence to everyone they serve. With care delivery sites in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, SSM Health includes 24 hospitals, more than 300 physician offices and other outpatient care sites, 10 post-acute facilities, comprehensive home care and hospice services, a pharmacy benefit company, a health insurance company, an accountable care organization, and virtual care. It is one of the largest employers in every community it serves.