St. Mary Medical Center is one of three regional hospitals to reach a long term agreement with Independence Blue Cross. Executives with Trinity Health released a letter earlier this week indicating patients with IBX would continue to be covered for years to come.

Exteriors of St Mary Medical Center. Photo courtesy St. Mary.

St. Mary, St. Francis Healthcare, and Mercy Health System are all included in the deal. The announcement comes after months of negotiation, which left patients worried about their medical futures.

“We never wanted this issue to cause anxiety for anyone, as we know how important it is for our patients and their families to have the best quality care at an affordable cost,” the letter reads. “We are pleased that this issue has been resolved before the contract was set to expire.”

With the contract’s expiration date being March 31, the deal comes right up against the buzzer. A breakdown in negotiations would have affected tens of thousands of IBX members.

“The new collaborative partnership with Blue Cross will allow us to remain an integral part of the healthcare landscape in the communities we serve for years to come,” Trinity Health said.

Fortunately, both IBX and Trinity Health anticipate “no interruption of patient care or
coverage of services provided.” Patients with IBX coverage should no longer have any worries of being out-of-network at these medical facilities.

The letter had the signatures of the following individuals:
  • James Woodward, President and CEO, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic
  • Lawrence Brilliant, MD, FACEP President, St. Mary Medical Center
  • Susan Croushore, President and CEO, Mercy Health System
  • Daniel J. Sinnott, President and CEO, Saint Francis Healthcare