In December, it was announced that the Weber Road facility of Parkland Health Center would close no later than Jan. 31. The decision has been made to cease operations at the Weber Road facility effective Jan. 19 at 7 a.m.
This closure includes the emergency department and the Adult Behavioral Health unit. The Adult Behavioral Health unit will no longer admit patients effective Friday to ensure a smooth transition of patients to their home or to another hospital no later than Jan. 19. There will be some non-patient, administrative services that will remain on the Weber campus until further notice.
“We understand the impact of this decision and are in the process of renovating space adjacent to the Emergency Department at the Liberty Street location to accommodate additional patients,” Tom Karl, president of Parkland Health Center, said in a press release announcing the date. “Additional parking is being added to the east of the Liberty Street hospital and emergency services and inpatient services continue to be available at Parkland Health Center in Bonne Terre. We plan to transition Weber Road employees to the Liberty Street and/or Bonne Terre locations when the Weber Road facility closes.”
Although the Weber Road Adult Behavioral Health unit will no longer admit patients as of Jan. 8, negotiations with a third-party vendor continue.
“We are in confidential talks with a third party to develop a long-term solution for mental health services in our area," Karl said in the press release. "While the decision to fully consolidate services has been made earlier than anticipated, our commitment to the community is the safety of our patients and providing excellent care remains our first priority.”
Focused on ensuring access to care, the health care providers with Medical Arts Clinic have expanded their same-day appointments and extended their hours of availability. For non-life threatening emergencies, patients are encouraged to contact their pediatrician or health care provider for a same day appointment. Patients who do not have a health care provider may call 573-431-3338 to find a provider that is available to meet their needs.
“It is important for us to acknowledge the emotion that some may experience around the closure of the hospital," Karl said in the press release. "We sincerely recognize the many lives that were touched by the dedicated care givers and we fully intend to honor the heritage of the former Mineral Area Regional Medical Center.”