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It has been less than a month since we began our public awareness campaign to raise support for our St. Mary’s Medical Center, yet much has been accomplished. We owe our thanks to all of the community that has shown support by participating in our social-media campaign, sharing their personal stories on Facebook, signing the on-line petition or marching in the Fall Fun Festival Parade. The number of ’Likes’ on Facebook and signatures for our petition are just one indication of the campaign’s support in building awareness and supporters of our goals in Greater Blue Springs . We have reached exponentially more people through many forms of media. Here is a summary of our activity over the past month:
We are expecting an announcement anyday regarding the bid winner for the Carondelet Health Group. Regardless of which health care group wins the bid, Faces for St. Mary’s will continue to be vocal in raising awareness. We will continue to build our base of support.
We need the winner of the bid to know about Faces for St. Mary’s and the message of our constituents on what they expect for medical service and the continued presence of St. Mary’s. Fleury Yelvington committed to doing everything she could to arrange a meeting between our group and the prospective buyer of St. Mary’s.
“If you follow CJC fire, you know we are committed to the communities we protect. There is nothing more important to the men and women of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District than to make our communities as safe as we can for the residents, businesses, and visitors. One important external partner in the service we provide is St. Mary’s Medical Center. There are discussions about closing St. Mary’s and CJC wants to formally express its support for the hospital and our belief in St. Mary’s Medical Center and the need to keep it open. The CJC Board of Directors passed resolution #2012-08 to show that support.”
Check out the Central Jackson County Fire Protection Department Facebook Page ——> HERE!
Blue Springs is one of Missouri’s largest cities comprising almost 60,000 residents and ranking as the tenth largest city in the state and in Greater Kansas City. Our community in many ways is more like the small town from which we grew, like rallying behind and supporting our local residents, organizations, causes and institutions. We proudly support our public schools that are ranked at the top in Missouri and nationally. In the current tough economic times we’ve twice supported tax increases at the ballot to strengthen the service of our police and fire departments. Year after year hundreds of supporters have contributed thousands of volunteer hours and tens of thousands of dollars to support the mission of our local faith-based hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center. There remain many active community leaders in Blue Springs that were here in 1981 when funds were first raised and used to break the ground for St. Mary’s Hospital, and many people have supported the campaigns and fundraisers for the medical center ever since. St. Mary’s is fully embraced by the heart and soul of Blue Springs, and we all recognize the loss of our community hospital would be devastating.
Our community has come together with one voice to support the continuation of St. Mary’s Medical Center as the primary, critical center of health care services for the citizens of Blue Springs and many surrounding cities into the future. Our primary goal and interests are that St. Mary’s Medical Center continues to operate as a full service medical center with its Catholic affiliation. This is key and critical to the economic well-being, growth and health goals of Blue Springs and patrons of its medical services. St. Mary’s Medical Center contributes to the quality of life in our community and region like few other entities, and the presence of a the medical center is a significant contributing force for why residents, families and companies have located here and would consider investing and growing their business in our community. St. Mary’s is the second largest employer in Blue Springs and is an irreplaceable economic and quality of life contributor to our identity. St. Mary’s Medical Center provides primary and critical health care services for Blue Springs and surrounding communities as far away as Sweet Springs, which is half way to Columbia, Missouri. St. Mary’s supports many local physicians in the surrounding office complex which serve the general and specialty health care needs of our citizens, and who have moved their families and practices to our community.
The Blue Springs community feels that it is important that St. Mary’s maintain the name and identity which has been established. The community values the Catholic, faith-based and mission-driven identity and goals of St. Mary’s Medical Center practice of care. It is important to the Catholic community within and beyond our city limits that we maintain a Catholic, faith-based hospital presence in Eastern Jackson County providing medical services in a region exceeding 325,000 residents. It is imperative that our local hospital continues to be an involved community partner offering preventative health care services tied to the needs and well-being of our citizens and civic organizations. It is also important that St. Mary’s maintains community outreach and communication through a local and representative board comprised of community representatives reflecting our character and interests.
Blue Springs has developed over the past four years a robust and growing relationship with the University of Missouri at the highest levels sharing the goals of developing and growing the Missouri Innovation Park to be anchored by MU as a primary long-term growth and development strategy, which will impact every aspect of Blue Springs’ future going forward. This relationship is designed to foster and create partnerships between the University and both public and private sector entities, particularly in the fields of science, human and animal health care. St. Mary’s has initiated valued and mutually beneficial relationships with the University of Missouri, Blue Springs EDC, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, City and many others reflecting a shared interest and collaboration with our local medical center.
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