Boone Health Becomes Independent Health Care Provider

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Boone Health Becomes Independent Health Care Provider


COLUMBIA, Mo. – In April of 2016, the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees

announced that they would issue a Request for Proposal to evaluate options for

the management of the hospital moving forward.


In April of 2017, the Trustees narrowed their focus to five options – a new lease

with BJC HealthCare, a lease with Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a lease with Saint

Luke’s Health System, a partnership with MU Health Care or operating Boone as

an independent hospital.


In August of 2017, the Trustees entered into exclusive, non-binding negotiations

with MU Health Care to explore the viability of a relationship.


In August of 2019, the Trustees made the decision to focus on operating Boone

Hospital Center as locally controlled, independent community hospital. In this

process, Boone Health was formed as an umbrella organization with an 11-

member board that would manage Boone Hospital Center, Boone Home Care

and Hospice and Boone Medical Group as well as the relationships with private

practice clinics and affiliated hospitals.


After 32 years as a part of the BJC HealthCare system, on April 1, 2021, Boone

Health has officially become an independent health care organization.


“Under the management of BJC HealthCare, Boone became synonomys with

quality health care,” says Jerry Kennett, MD, Board Chair. “For those 32 years,

Boone delivered high-quality outcomes, resulting in countless state-wide and

national recognitions and designations from institutions such as the U.S. Centers

for Medicare and Medicaid, US News and World Report among many others.

Being a part of BJC HealthCare has helped prepare Boone to be a successful

independent health care provider and we thank them for their leadership.”


Separating a hospital from a health care system after more than three decades is

a monumental task. 32 years ago, when Boone County Hospital joined Christian

Hospital in what would become BJC HealthCare, the hospital used one computer

system for patient registration and accounting. Radiology images were printed on

film and patient medical records were on paper and stored in a large room with

an elaborate filing and retrieval process.


Over the past year, Boone Health has transitioned over 150 software applications

including the installation of MEDITECH, a new electronic health record system.


More than 160 employees have been hired to fill roles previously handled by BJC

shared services including roles in information technology, human resources,

benefits, compliance, supply chain and managed care. All while remaining a fully

functioning hospital during a pandemic.


During go-live, 25,000 patient appointments had to be manually plugged in to

MEDITECH. 2,400 computers had to be replaced. Hundreds of imaging and

medical devices had to be converted to the new network. Over 180 support staff

from various vendors will be onsite for a couple weeks to assist with post live

activities. With all this activity, patient care remained the focus. Every patient was

visited by a Boone staff member who explained what was happening at the

hospital and provided a goody bag.


“The effort put forth by Boone employees and BJC HealthCare employees to

ensure a smooth transition has been extrodinary,” says Troy Greer, CEO of

Boone Health. “I have been so impressed by the dedication of our team and their

willingness to do whatever it takes to make Boone Health great. There is no

doubt that we are on the path to becoming a successful independent health care

provider focused on the needs of our local community.”