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Citizens Gather at Sac-Osage Hospital Public Meeting

OSCEOLA, Mo. -- The Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola will close by October 1.
OSCEOLA, Mo. -- The Sac-Osage Hospital in Osceola will close by October 1.

The board of the hospital voted last week to close the facility after deciding it was no longer financially viable to operate.

That decision left the Osceola community with many questions and concerns, which were addressed in a public meeting Tuesday night.

The Sac-Osage Hospital has served the Osceola community for decades. People say they depend on it for their emergency services.

When the building is demolished in the next few months, those people will have to drive 35 minutes south to the Citizens Memorial Healthcare (CMH) Hospital in Bolivar.

CMH has signed a letter of intent to acquire Sac-Osage Hospital.

Tuesday night, more than 200 people gathered in Osceola to find out more about the deal and their options.

It was explained that the Sac-Osage Hospital was in "dire financial situation,” according to the hospital board.

And the aging building has many upgrades it would need, so it is more cost effective to tear it down.

A clinic will remain in the city, but for hospital services they will have to travel to another community like the hospital in Bolívar.

Osceola residents say they are worried about emergency situations, but understand what needed to be done.

“It's been in trouble for so long and I think CMH buying it, I think is going to help us down the road,” says Osceola resident Peggy Burrow.

“It's been in trouble for so long and I think CMH buying it, I think is going to help us down the road,” says Osceola resident Peggy Burrow.

The hospitals have 45 days to work out the details of the deal.

That's when the Osceola community will find out when they have to begin commuting to CMH for hospital services.



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