New Poplar Bluff hospital to open Monday

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Black River Medical Center will open Monday, June 18 after successfully finishing the inspection by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Thursday.

Created through a partnership between Poplar Bluff Medical Partners and Saint Francis Healthcare System, Black River is a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital located at 217 Physicians Park Drive, off Highways PP and 67 on the Physicians Park campus. The three-bed hospital was designed by local physicians and offers Poplar Bluff residents a choice for inpatient hospitalization.

"We are thrilled to be opening. We have a group of very dedicated and talented people anxious to provide excellent care to our patients," said Michael Burcham Sr., MBA, RRT, Black River Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer. "Black River Medical Center would not be possible without the vision of our community physicians and the support of Saint Francis Healthcare System. This will dramatically improve the healthcare in Poplar Bluff."

A group of 39 physicians formed Poplar Bluff Medical Partners in 2001 to provide high-quality, affordable care locally. Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau is a partner with the local physicians in Poplar Bluff Medical Partners.

In addition to the three beds, the new hospital offers emergency services, laboratory services, respiratory care, dietary services, pharmacy and a number of other associated medical services.

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