BJC to close Missouri hospital: 5 things to know

St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare will close Parkland Health Center-Weber Road in Farmington, Mo., which was formerly named Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, no later than Jan. 31, 2016, according to a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report.

Here are five things to know about the hospital closure.

1. Most clinical services have already been relocated to another Parkland Health hospital on Liberty Street in Farmington.

2. The services provided by the adult behavioral unit at Parkland Health Center-Weber Road will not be moved. Parkland Health Center President Tom Karl said the system is working with partners "to develop a long-term solution for mental health services in our area," according to the report.

3. Victoria Damba, DO, used to oversee the 10-bed behavioral health unit. With the unit closing, Dr. Damba said these patients will likely go to the emergency room for care.

4. To accommodate additional volume, BJC is renovating the emergency room at Parkland Health Center on Liberty Street in Farmington.

5. Patients who are currently receiving care at Parkland Health Center-Weber Road will continue to receive services until they can be transferred to another facility or discharged, according to the report.

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