The only hospital serving Callaway County will close by Sept. 22 due to financial strains caused by low patient numbers and a deteriorating facility, according to a press release from the Fulton Medical Center.
Callaway County officials said 158 jobs at the hospital will be lost.
After finding out about a week and a half ago that closure was a possibility, city of Fulton and county officials had been working on ways to financially help the hospital, Callaway County Commissioner Gary Jungermann said. But, on Monday, they learned about the decision to close from the hospital’s owner, NueHealth.
NueHealth had requested about $200,000 a month from the city and county to cover losses, Jungermann said.
With more than 44,000 people in Callaway County, officials now have two months to find a solution that will let them keep a hospital in the rural area.