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Endangered – Sac-Osage Hospital, Osceola, Missouri

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sac-osageSac-Osage Hospital, a financially struggling independent hospital in Osceola, Missouri, is due to close by year’s end, leaving neighborhood residents fearful about their upcoming access to healthcare.

Chief Executive Officer Chris Smiley stated that though the facility will be shutting its in-patient care and ER services, representatives are working hard to negotiate an affiliation agreement with Citizens Memorial Hospital of Bolivar, approximately 40 miles away.  Such an agreement would most likely lead to CMH operating a clinic which would include a family medicine practice, a walk-in clinic, telehealth services, an outpatient lab, imaging and rehabilitation services, while also taking over ambulance services in Osceola.

Sac-Osage Hospital, which opened in 1969, has been losing hundreds of thousands of dollars for years because it doesn’t have enough paying in-patients – people who stay overnight to be treated for illnesses or injuries.   The hospital often averages only one to three patients per night.   Its clinics in Osceola and Wheatland, plus its ambulance service, have brought in most of the revenue in recent years.  The hospital also started a retail pharmacy and converted some of its unused beds to hospice care in recent months to try to bring in more revenue.

“We simply have come to believe the survival of this hospital is no longer feasible,” says Brandon Baker, who is on the Board of Directors for Sac-Osage Hospital.  “We voted as a board to enter into a letter of intent with CMH in Bolivar to basically cooperative affiliate with them regarding them coming to town and bringing their health care services with them.”

“Removing those services from this community has been a very very hard thing to do,” says Baker.

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Posted: October 24, 2014

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