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story.lead_photo.caption Representatives of SSM Health and Quorum Health Corporation announced Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, that they intend to explore a sale of SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City, seen above in this file photo, and SSM's associated community medical group practices to Quorum Health. The two mutually agreed to end discussion about a possible sale, according to an October 2021 letter sent to SSM board members. Photo by News Tribune / News Tribune.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated. See St. Mary's Hospital no longer for sale.

SSM Health, the St. Louis-based owner of St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City, announced on Monday that it is no longer in discussions to sell the hospital to Quorum Health.

The parties mutually agreed to end discussions, according to a letter SSM Health COO Steve Smoot sent to board members.

"It remains our goal to ensure a sustainable and thriving healthcare ministry for the people of Jefferson City," he wrote. "To that end, we plan to further expand services and invest in the care we provide at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Group."

Effective Monday, the organization appointed George Hayes as interim regional president, taking the role Mike Baumgartner filled.

Hayes came from Fort Collins, Colorado, where he served at Innosphere Ventures. He also is former president of University of Colorado Health. And he served at Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City.

SSM intends to further expand services and invest in care it provides, the letter said.

" we will be undertaking steps to both stabilize and invigorate SSM Health services in this region," Smoot wrote.

SSM Health also restructured its leadership in Mid-Missouri to coordinate and align its clinical care across the hospital and medical group.

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