Black River Medical Center will officially join Saint Francis Healthcare System in summer 2019.
As part of this merger, Black River decertifies eight patient beds, and the Emergency Room converts into a high-acuity Urgent Care. The new Urgent Care will offer extended walk-in hours with expanded services seven days a week, no appointment necessary. The medical center will continue to offer a full spectrum of outpatient services, including imaging and radiology.
Saint Francis partners with a variety of insurance providers, accepting Medicare and Medicaid as well as several commercial plans. The complete list, as well as personalized cost estimates, can be found on the Saint Francis website or by calling 573-331-5217, option 2.
As regional healthcare providers, both Saint Francis and Black River are familiar with the practical and economic challenges of practicing medicine in rural areas. Rural populations are often underserved in terms of medical resources; however, by joining forces, Saint Francis and Black River will take a crucial step toward assuring access and improving long-term patient health outcomes in Poplar Bluff and beyond.