Rural hospital sells its facility in hopes of becoming more efficient

1 week 12 hours 4 minutes ago Wednesday, February 14 2018 Feb 14, 2018 Wednesday, February 14, 2018 5:07:00 PM CST February 14, 2018 in News
By: Hailey Jennings, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - A Kansas City company is working to make health care more efficient in Cooper County by constructing a new, smaller facility for Cooper County Memorial Hospital.

Rural Health Group - Consolidated bought the hospital for $3.9 million last week.

The number of beds will be reduced, according to Mike Conway, a former member of the board of trustees.

"The new hospital, when built, will be a minimum of 8 beds. We are actually licensed I think to over 50 beds at the hospital now but we probably have an average acute care since then somewhere between 3 or 4 so we don't need as many beds as we had," he said.

The hospital has been looking for a partner for the past three years. It is a stand alone rural hospital. Conway said it "felt the need to be a part of something bigger." 

Trustees had three interviews with other potential partners.

Conway said most had a different vision of what the health community in Cooper County needs.

"Most of the entities we talked with saw Cooper County as needing a rural health clinic with doctors and some outpatient clinics but really no need for emergency rooms, no need for acute care admissions which is a little higher level of admission and we feel that would be short changing in the community," he said.

Rural Health Group - Consolidated agreed there was still a need for emergency rooms and acute care admissions. it also agreed to build a new hospital. 

There has been a hospital in the area since 1918. 

Dave Dillon, spokesperson for Missouri Hospital Association said rural hospitals face many issues. 

"All rural hospitals have a set of challenges that are linked to payment systems that are related to the demographics of the community they serve," Dillon said. 

He said this is a financially bad time for rural hospitals. 

"The various changes that have taken place both through the Affordable Care Act as well as through federal budget cuts have, for even the best position rural hospitals, lowered their ability to even be paid the full amount for the cost of care through medicare," Dillon said. 

He said the people in rural areas need good access to health care.

"Rural hospitals tend to serve a demographic that is not only older sicker and poorer than there counterparts in the suburban and urban areas but also they have less access to commercial health insurance," Dillon said. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Federal court documents filed Tuesday give details into the past of Coffee Zone's owner. This comes after police... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:28:00 AM CST February 22, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The city is considering an additional audit of Columbia. Every year an audit takes place to make sure... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:32:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
CENTRALIA - A bill that would give the city of Centralia the opportunity to increase sales tax by a half... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:56:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A bill to legalize the industrial production of hemp in Missouri will face a final vote before... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:22:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Senate has endorsed a bill that could boost Medicaid payments for nursing homes.... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:47:01 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Both the Missouri House and Senate have given initial approval to bills that would create... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:43:37 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Not all convicted Missouri inmates run from the law, but most run up large costs for the... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:09:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Target 8
JEFFERSON CITY - Nearly six million vehicles cross structurally deficient bridges every day in the state of Missouri. That's according... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:21:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - For the first time, a Columbia competitive cheer squad will compete at The D2 Summit Championship at Disney... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:07:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri teens are twice as likely to use tanning beds than the average American teen according to... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:03:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLBanks) awarded Jefferson City $910,000 to Greenway Village, Inc.... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:37:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA — Back-and-forth winter temperatures have been known to cause headaches, but especially for drivers this year. Potholes are... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:36:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri is one of three states that has not outlawed texting while driving for drivers 21 and... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:34:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – A local business owner is facing charges of marijuana possession and distribution. Osama Nadir Yanis and his... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:05:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Pharmacy specialists outlined ways to address the opioid crisis as they spoke Wednesday in Columbia. Faculty members... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:57:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri House is leaning toward making it a felony to purposefully send explicit images without consent,... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:55:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Columbia Regional Airport canceled two departures and delayed an arrival Wednesday because of the weather; but not the... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 2:19:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The dangers of opioids are forcing police to change the way they test drugs... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 1:39:08 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 31°
6am 31°
7am 31°
8am 32°
9am 33°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today
5:00a
Paid Program
5:30a
Paid Program
6:00a
Page Six TV

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Arrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld