Three hospital systems in northwest Missouri have submitted proposals to lease 80-bed Hedrick Medical Center from the city of Chillicothe. Since 1986, Hedrick has been operated by Christian Health Services of St. Louis and its successor, BJC Health System.
BJC is withdrawing from its lease agreement effective Aug. 31 because Hedrick is too far from the system's other operations to make meaningful integration worthwhile, BJC Vice President John O'Shaughnessy said. Because trade and referral patterns in Chillicothe favor Kansas City and St. Joseph, BJC believes it would be more constructive for Hedrick to affiliate with a system based in either of those cities.
Proposals from St. Luke's Health System, Kansas City; a joint venture of Health Midwest and North Kansas City Hospital; and Heartland Health System in St. Joseph are under consideration by a committee appointed by the mayor of Chillicothe, which is expected to make a recommendation to the city council by March.
Workers at Hedrick are BJC employees. BJC expects they would continue to be employed by the new system partner.