Missouri hospital won't reopen

Doniphan, Mo.-based Ripley County Memorial Hospital, which closed in October, will not reopen, according to a Prospect-News report published on semissourian.com.

The hospital's board agreed June 14 to notify the state that the public facility will be dissolved, as the hospital's certificate of need is set to expire June 28.

The vote comes after the hospital's board tried for 13 months to find a healthcare provider to replace Cape Girardeau, Mo.-based SoutheastHealth, which shut down Ripley County Memorial Hospital on Oct. 15, according to the report. Efforts included hearing proposals from Columbia, Mo.-based hospital management corporation Tornare and working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to resume services. In the end, board members agreed dissolving the hospital was the only viable option.

Ellington-based Missouri Highlands Health Care took over operation of the Doniphan Family Clinic in December. It reportedly has proposed opening an urgent care facility, to be located in the former hospital building.


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