BOONVILLE – To help ensure the availability of emergency, acute, and skilled hospital care and outpatient services in the community, the Board of Trustees of Cooper County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) has recently been in contact with potentially interested parties who may be interested in assisting CCMH.  CCMH and Rural Hospital Group (RHG), of Kansas City, have signed a Letter of Intent to begin negotiations, which, if successful, would result in RHG acquiring the hospital, subject to due diligence by both parties. This possible acquisition will provide the professional management and working capital the hospital needs to best serve the community.

As part of the letter of intent, RHG has committed to build a new hospital to replace the existing facility.  Current plans are for a new structure to be approximately 29,000 square feet on one level and be located directly in front of the current building.  

RHG intends to keep the hospital’s name and maintain the same clinical services and hospital departments currently in existence at the hospital, including emergency room care, acute care, skilled care, intermediate care, pharmacy, infusion center, laboratory, nutrition, radiology, occupational, physical, speech and respiratory therapy, surgery, wellness center, cardiopulmonary services and services provided by the Rural Health Clinic.  In addition, RHG will also maintain the same outpatient physician specialty services, including cardiology, dermatology, ear/nose/throat, podiatry, gastroenterology, nephrology, pain management, women’s health/OB-GYN, pulmonology, general surgery and rheumatology.

Currently, the hospital employs 145 full and part-time workers, including physicians.  All current employees of CCMH will be offered substantially comparable positions with RHG.  

“The Board of the hospital has been actively seeking the best path forward to lead the hospital into the future and help foster the financial load of operations,” said Mike Conway, Chairman of the Board and long-time Boonville attorney.  

Interim CEO Mark Hirshberg, who will remain as CEO, added, “RHG brings us a new vision for health care in our community and an outstanding opportunity to continue to serve our citizens with a high level of emergency, acute, skilled and intermediate care as well as outpatient services including our Rural Health Clinic.”

After the acquisition is complete, RHG will establish a local advisory board comprised of local physicians and community leaders to provide recommendations regarding patient care, clinical services and community needs. Current members of the hospital’s Trustees will have input as to board members.  RHG also intends to involve the Medical Staff in the strategic and capital planning process for the hospital to ensure that the needs of the community are met.    

RHG was founded to help keep health care accessible to rural communities through professional management and access to capital.  RHG leaders have extensive experience developing and operating hospitals in rural settings.