116-bed Missouri hospital to close next month

Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, a 116-bed hospital in Kennett, Mo., will close June 30, according to KAIT.

The hospital will stop providing obstetric/gynecologic services after May 17, and it will cease inpatient, emergency room and hospital-based outpatient services June 30.

Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center is consolidating operations with Poplar Bluff (Mo.) Regional Medical Center.

"As healthcare delivery evolves and medical innovation makes inpatient services less needed, consolidating operations with the larger resources of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center became the most sustainable plan for the future," Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center CEO Christian Jones said in a statement to KAIT. "We plan to continue offering excellent outpatient care locally, which is how 95 percent of our patients' medical needs were provided last year."

Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center's 259 employees will be laid off when the hospital closes, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice filed April 30. However, those employees had the opportunity to meet with representatives of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center last week to help them identify positions they may be able to transfer to, according to the report.

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