New owner to keep Fulton hospital doors open

Fulton Medical Center officials announced Friday its owners are selling the facility to EmpowerHMS, a health care management company based in Kansas City.

A group of Fulton city and Callaway County officials have worked to find a solution to the hospital’s potential closure, which would include the loss of a 24-hour emergency room. One of those people was Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton, who met with the new owners Friday afternoon at the hospital.

Benton said the new owners also own the I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs, which could become a model for the local hospital.

Terms of the sale state that EmpowerHMS, which specializes in managing rural or critical access hospitals, will keep the hospital open and operating and its 37 beds available for patient care.

Bruce Hackmann, economic development director for the Callaway Chamber of Commerce, said he didn’t know the sale prices — the asking price was $6 million — or if the name would change.

The hospital was due to close Friday. Now the doors will remain open, and most of its employees will be retained.

Read more: Fulton Sun

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