Employees at St. Louis ConnectCare say they’ve been told the facility’s Smiley Urgent Care Center will close later this month, shuttering a facility that provides basic, low-cost care to about 16,000 patients a year. Federal and state funding cuts and Missouri’s decision not to expand Medicaid crunched its budget, executives said earlier this year.
The news comes just weeks after the nonprofit group shut down most of its outpatient specialty services at the old St. Louis Regional Medical Center complex. In late August, ConnectCare announced it was closing its orthopedics, cardiology, neurology and other services and laying off 88 employees — more than half its staff. But radiology, community health and the Smiley Urgent Care Center would remain open, it said. That plan apparently changed, and now the Urgent Care will close Nov. 15, employees said they were told.