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St. Cloud Medical Group and CentraCare Health Will Complete Integration

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Joint Commitment to Delivering Triple Aim Benefits to the St. Cloud Region

Completing discussions that began in November 2015, two of the St. Cloud region’s leading health care providers announced today that they will proceed with a full integration of their operations, to be completed in two phases over the next two years.

The Federal Trade Commission has reviewed the transaction and agreed to allow it to move forward immediately. A consent decree has been filed with the FTC which describes the transaction.

“The delivery of health care services has been undergoing dramatic changes in recent years, as payers look to reward high quality patient care, including reducing fragmentation of care from different providers,” said Scott Rahm, MD, president of St. Cloud Medical Group. “As a group of physicians, we began exploring the best way to ensure that we were meeting those changing expectations and delivering the care that our patients need and value. This partnership is the result of that review.”

“CentraCare Health has been committed to delivery of what we call the Triple Aim: enhancing the patient experience; improving the health of the community; and reducing the overall cost of care,” said Ken Holmen, MD, CEO of CentraCare. “We already share many patients between CentraCare and St. Cloud Medical Group; this is a great opportunity to ensure that patients in the region receive highly coordinated care of the best quality, provided in the most efficient way.”

Care provided at St. Cloud Medical Group’s current locations will continue.

About CentraCare Health

CentraCare Health is a not-for-profit health care system that provides comprehensive, high-quality care to people throughout Central Minnesota. Our collaborative network includes hospitals in St. CloudLong PrairieMelroseMonticelloPaynesville and Sauk Centre, six nursing homes, senior housing in six communities and 18 clinics. CentraCare also operates numerous specialty services, including the CentraCare Heart & Vascular CenterCoborn Cancer Center and the CentraCare Kidney Program. CentraCare serves all who seek care with compassion, dignity and respect, while seeking to enhance individual and community health.

About St. Cloud Medical Group

St. Cloud Medical Group is a multispecialty clinic that has served the St. Cloud and surrounding communities since 1928. It has locations in St. Cloud, Clearwater, and Cold Spring.