Black River Medical Center
Black River Medical Center will treat short-stay illnesses, such as dehydration, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, simple pneumonia, diabetes, hypertension and more. We also will manage many other diagnoses and illnesses; this is just a small sampling.
The Black River Medical Center will be required to provide emergency services to the patients we serve. The scope of the services will be less than larger emergency rooms, but we will be fully capable of handling emergencies. If a patient’s condition warrants it, we will transfer him or her to a higher-level-of-care facility. Initially, the emergency room will be small, but it will grow as the hospital expands, offering an affordable option for emergency care to community members.
The hospital will offer all the necessary medical services to meet the needs of the physicians and patients we serve, including respiratory therapy, a lab, X-ray, a pharmacy, a nutrition center and physical therapy, to name a few.
The Black River Medical Center will be a Community Hospital. The hospital will be a taxable not-for-profit hospital, which means we are nonprofit but will pay taxes like a for-profit hospital. Our charges and costs will be similar to community non-profit hospitals in other areas of Missouri. Simply stated, the Black River Medical Center will be a very affordable option for inpatient care for the patients we serve.
The same services we offer today will be offered when the hospital is completed.One of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to recruit new physicians to the area. With a hospital, increased resources are available to assist in physician recruitment. The community greatly needs more primary care physicians as well as urology, general surgery and orthopedic surgery specialists.
Building the Black River Medical Center also carries with it many economic benefits for the community we serve. Each new hospital employee position results in a total of 2.13 jobs in the community, because employees use their wages to purchase goods and services, which creates income and jobs for other area businesses.
Every $1,000 spent by our hospital on goods and services equates to an increase of $2,308 in local economic spending.
Construction began on our project in mid June and we anticipate all of the construction to be complete by October 2011. We are looking forward to opening our doors to our very first patients in early 2012.