Unity Health Center of Shawnee, Okla. to Join SSMHC System 


SSM of Oklahoma Regional President Joe Hodges at the April 5 signing ceremony with Unity Health Center. The hospital's new name and logo were also unveiled at the ceremony.

SHAWNEE, Okla. (April 5, 2012) - Today, SSM Health Care and Unity Health Center signed an agreement that will bring Unity Health Center into SSM Health Care of Oklahoma on June 30, 2012. Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed. The agreement was announced Thursday.

Unity Health Center is a 114-bed facility with about 60 physicians and 550 health-care professionals that has served the Shawnee community since 1964. It is currently locally owned and operated by Community Health Partners Inc., a not-for-profit corporation governed by a 15-member board of directors.

SSM President/CEO Bill Thompson

As part of the transaction, Unity Health Center will be renamed St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital. (Its new logo, which will be used starting June 30, is pictured top, left.) The addition of Unity Health Center will bring the total number of SSM hospitals to 17.

Joe Hodges, regional president, SSM of Oklahoma
“Unity Health Center and St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City have been closely affiliated for many years,” SSM President/CEO Bill Thompson said. “We also share similar cultures, as well as a similar mission, vision and values, which makes this a perfect fit.”

Added Joe Hodges, regional president/system vice president, SSM Health Care of Oklahoma: “Bringing Unity Health Center into SSM of Oklahoma will allow us to enhance our health-care ministry in Oklahoma.  Unity has an excellent reputation for providing high-quality care, and we are pleased to join Unity in serving the residents of Shawnee and the surrounding communities.”

Chuck Skillings, Unity president/CEO

Unity Health Center’s relationship with SSM goes back 10 years, said Chuck Skillings, Unity’s President/CEO. “By joining SSM, our opportunities to expand and enhance services will be even greater, thereby securing the future of health care in our community for years to come,” Skillings said.

When the agreement is finalized at the end of June, SSM will own three hospitals in Oklahoma: St. Anthony Hospital (Oklahoma City); Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony (Oklahoma City); and St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital (Shawnee, Okla.). The SSM of Oklahoma network also includes two St. Anthony Healthplexes and more than 20 affiliated hospitals.


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