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Prime Healthcare Announces Acquisition Of Providence Medical Center In Kansas City, Kan. And Saint John Hospital In Leavenworth, Kan.

ONTARIO, Calif., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Prime Healthcare Services announced today the completion of its acquisition of Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. and Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kan. from SCL Health System.

Providence Medical Center, a 400-bed acute care hospital, and Saint John Hospital, an 80-bed acute care hospital, offer an extensive array of diagnostic and treatment care. Providence's key services include cardiovascular care, neurosurgery, orthopaedics and state-of-the-art spine and joint centers. At Saint John, the hospital specializes in emergency care, senior behavioral health, rehabilitation and ambulatory surgery.

"Prime Healthcare understands how important these acute care hospitals are to the residents of Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties and intends to help the facilities provide the high quality of healthcare that they deserve." said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC, FCCP, Chairman, President and CEO of Prime Healthcare Services. "Prime Healthcare's motto is saving hospitals, saving jobs and saving lives, and we expect to continue that in Kansas."

"Providence Medical Center and Saint John Hospital are excited to be part of a nationally recognized "Top 15" health system," said Randy Nyp, president and CEO of Providence- St. John hospitals. "Both of these hospitals have earned awards for providing a high standard of healthcare, and we believe that Prime Healthcare, with its expertise, will make that commitment stronger."

Prime Healthcare Services will maintain current acute-care and emergency department services at both campuses for at least five years and provide at least $10 million toward capital and other investment projects over the next five years.

Prime Healthcare has also entered into a binding agreement with Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to continue providing charitable care in the Kansas City and Leavenworth communities at a level at least equal to that provided by the hospitals' prior owner, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, Inc., and to maintain a formal community advisory board. With all of its acquisitions, Prime Healthcare has routinely committed to following these practices.

"The communities in Leavenworth and Wyandotte Counties rely on the services provided by these two hospitals," Schmidt said. "Keeping them open so they continue to provide health care services was clearly the top priority for the affected communities, and the new owner's additional binding commitment to continue listening to community input and to maintain charitable care confirm that this sale is a satisfactory option."

While the Attorney General noted the majority of the community supported the transaction at a public hearing last week, he mentioned that one critic flew from California to testify at the hearing.

This critic was an operative from Service Employee International Union-United Healthcare West (SEIU), which has initiated a vicious anti-corporate campaign against Prime Healthcare and invested vast resources to try to sway community opinion against the transaction. The union's sole reason for doing this, regardless of the catastrophic effect a scuttled transaction would have had on the hospitals, employees and community, was to hurt Prime Healthcare.  Despite this malicious and unrelenting campaign, SEIU-UHW failed.

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