HRHS acquisition will add five locations along Highway 63 corridor

Hannibal Regional Healthcare System (HRHS) will soon add five new locations for patient care, the system’s president and CEO announced Tuesday.

During a press conference, Todd Ahrens told approximately 75 people that HRHS has acquired Complete Family Medicine, a five-location primary care provider with locations along the Highway 63 corridor in north central Missouri. Founded eight years ago, Complete Family Medicine also provides urgent care and rural health centers in Kirksville, Lancaster, La Plata, Moberly and Macon. Complete Family Medicine will retain its name, adding “A service of Hannibal Regional.”

Complete Family Medicine employs about 100 people at its five locations.

Ahrens said discussions began last summer about the acquisition, which is not yet complete, though he anticipates the legal work to be completed by summer.

Ahrens said the mission of HRHS and Complete Family Medicine aligned to make a strong partnership.

As an anecdote, Ahrens relayed a meeting in which he discussed the emerging acquisition with the staff of Complete Family Medicine. In the meeting, Ahrens said staff members were predominantly concerned with how patients would be impacted by the change, speaking to the devotion to better patient care.

“Health care is really a local decision,” Ahrens said. “The folks in our communities need to access their care locally, they shouldn’t have to drive long distances to do that. One of the reasons I think this decision we’re making is most important to us is to ensure that healthcare is local for people living along the Highway 63 corridor.”

The staff of Complete Family Medicine will remain aboard.

“The physicians and staff at Complete Family Medicine exemplify our R.I.S.E. Values or respect, integrity, service and excellence,” Ahrens said. “It’s our vision to be the trusted guide to better health — every patient, every time.”

Dr. Justin Puckett, the founder and medical director of Complete Family Medicine, echoed Ahrens’ excitement about the new partnership.

“As we looked at organizations, we knew we wanted to find one that would allow us to better serve our patients, enhance our resources, allow freedom to think outside the box and bring Complete Family Medicine value and longevity.”

He expressed a desire to collaborate with HRHS.

“We’re really excited about the opportunity; we’re looking forward to the synergy that’s going to come together. We think we do some things that are a little unique and we hope to share those.”

Complete Family Medicine has six on-staff providers who deliver family medicine, internal medicine, osteopathic manipulation, and urgent care services.

Besides Hannibal, Hannibal Regional also has locations in Bowling Green, Canton, Monroe City, Shelbina and Louisiana.

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