Southeast Missouri hospital joins list of state’s shuttered medical centers

Ripley County Memorial Hospital in Doniphan is set to cease operations on Monday. It will be the fourth hospital in the state to close its doors in the last five years and the second in southeast Missouri to shutter this year.

The costs of 24-hour hospital operation became unsustainable for the facility, which saw an average of two patients per day, according to a representative of SoutheastHEALTH, the hospital’s operator.

The hospital will continue to provide outpatient services until December, when Missouri Highlands Health Center is set to take over operations. The new operator plans to convert the hospital’s emergency department into an urgent care clinic and offer that service for 12 hours per day, seven days per week.

At least 87 rural hospitals in the U.S. have closed since 2010, according to University of North Carolina researchers.

In May, the Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett ceased operations.

Read more: Missourinet

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