Missouri hospital ceases operations: 5 things to know

St. Louis-based BJC HealthCare's 126-bed hospital in Farmington, Mo., shut down at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Here are five things to know about the hospital closure.

1. BJC acquired Parkland Health Center-Weber Road, which was formerly called Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, less than a year ago, according to St. Louis Public Radio.

2. In December, BJC said it planned to close the hospital by the end of January, and the hospital stopped admitting patients Jan. 8.

3. BJC ceased operations at the facility on Tuesday, and the hospital will completely close no later than Jan. 31.

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

5. Parkland Health President Tom Karl previously told the Daily Journal that a space adjacent to the emergency department at the Liberty Street location is being renovated to accommodate additional patients, according to the report.

"It is important for us to acknowledge the emotion that some may experience around the closure of the hospital," said Mr. Karl, according to the Daily Journal. "We sincerely recognize the many lives that were touched by the dedicated care givers and we fully intend to honor the heritage of the former Mineral Area Regional Medical Center."

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