A group of doctors works to compensate for loss of hospital

Updated: May. 10, 2018 at 10:31 PM CDT
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Dr. Steve Pu (Source: KAIT-TV)
Dr. Steve Pu (Source: KAIT-TV)

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - The Kennett community is pulling together and trying to find a way to compensate for their hospital consolidation and loss of emergency services, and a group of physicians is leading the way.

The three most immediate issues the doctors spoke about Thursday night were the lack of obstetrician care, the loss of an emergency room, and keeping physicians in Kennett.

A group of doctors already have a plan in place to manage those three main concerns.

Dr. Steve Pu, a doctor at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, said first Pemiscot Memorial Hospital will bring back and ramp up their obstetrician care, thanks in large part to the state of Missouri.

Second, there will be an urgent care facility opening its doors in Kennett before the hospital doors close.

Third, they're hoping to announce the finalization of their plan to keep doctors in Kennett in the next few weeks.

Dr. Pu led the forum Thursday night to inform the public of these new plans.

For this community and these doctors, it's personal.

"It's very special to me because I grew up wanting to be a doctor at Twin Rivers," Pu said. When I was 18 or 19 years old, my dad was a physician here, and I used to follow the doctors around and work in the lab, and it was there that I decided I wanted to be a physician and I wanted to be a physician in Kennett, Missouri."

Dr. Pu said now that they have the immediate concerns taken care of, they can start looking to the future, which he hopes means building a new hospital in Kennett.

Pu said he knows it will be a steep hill to climb but he sees a willing and resilient community beside him.

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