When patients begin arriving at Shawnee Medical Center Clinic on Monday, they should notice no difference in the care they receive even though the clinic officially has sold.


 
When patients begin arriving at Shawnee Medical Center Clinic on Monday, they should notice no difference in the care they receive even though the clinic officially has sold.

 

SSM Health Care Oklahoma and the Shawnee Medical Center Clinic have signed an agreement that will bring the multispecialty medical group into SSM Health Care Oklahoma effective today.

 

Dr. David Holland, a physician who has been at the clinic a number of years, explained “This is something the physicians sought out. We feel as a group we needed to have, maintain and attract more specialists and keep them here."

 

“We’re overall pleased with it. The doctors owned the clinic. We sold the main clinic building, the building to the west across the street from us and the AM-PM Clinic.”

 

Holland emphasized “This not a predatory deal, it’s a partnership and the physicians believe St. Anthony’s is the best deal for us. There was a lot of heartache and sole searching which went into this,” he added.

 

Patients shouldn’t see any difference in the care, he said. “You can call my office Monday morning and still get the next available appointment. We still will serve the same patients and the same insurance classes we always have. Patients won’t see much difference.”

 

“We sold the three buildings and we went back and bought roughly half of it. There are still some shares available for the new physicians we attract. We still have a vested interest in it,” he said.

 

He mentioned there might be a little bit of difference for the obstetricians, “but we will find ways around anything.”

 

The Shawnee Medical Center Clinic will be renamed St. Anthony Physicians Shawnee.

 

“Because of the visionary foresight of the SMCC founding physicians, compounded by the hard work and commitment of past and current physicians and employees, SMCC has grown and developed into one of the premier multi-specialty health facilities in the state of Oklahoma. The visionary leadership of our dedicated physicians has charted a new course to secure the delivery of health care in our community, by joining SSM Health Care Oklahoma,” said Jeff Griffin, CEO, Shawnee Medical Center Clinic, said in a statement released by SSM Health Care Oklahoma.

 

Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed, according to the information released.

 

SMCC is a 27-physician medical group that has 220 employees and 13 midlevel providers, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The clinic has been providing quality health care in the community for more than 40 years and has grown to become a premier multi-specialty health facility in the state of Oklahoma, according to the information released.

 

With the finalization of the agreement, the Shawnee Medical Center Clinic will become part of the St. Anthony Physicians medical group. SSM Health Care Oklahoma owns two hospitals in Oklahoma: St. Anthony Hospital (Oklahoma City) and Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony (Oklahoma City).

 

On March 28, SSM announced the acquisition of Unity Health Center in Shawnee, that will bring the number of hospitals in the Oklahoma region to three on June 30. The SSM Health Care Oklahoma network also includes two St. Anthony Healthplex campuses and more than 20 affiliated hospitals.

 

“We are both pleased and humbled that the Shawnee Medical Center Clinic has made the decision to be part of SSM Health Care, and we welcome all physicians and clinic staff,” said SSM President/CEO Bill Thompson. “Together we will work to ensure exceptional care is provided to the Shawnee community and beyond.”

 

“This outstanding group of physicians has a long history of delivering high quality medical care in the Shawnee and surrounding communities, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work in concert with them as the newest physicians to join SSM Health Care Oklahoma,” said Joe Hodges, regional president/system vice president, SSM Health Care Oklahoma.