FORT SCOTT A tradition of health care is coming to an end in Fort Scott. Mercy Hospital announced Monday it is closing, effective the end of the year. The hospital has served Fort Scott since 1886.
Declining patient numbers and decreasing reimbursement for patient care by insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid were blamed for the hospitals struggles. The closure also means a loss of its emergency room and ambulatory surgery, which takes care of walk-in cases. Mercy is owned by the Mercy health system, based in St. Louis.
Coming to a partial rescue is the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, which will take over the clinic, pharmacy and radiology services in the hospital as well as the Convenient Care clinic in Fort Scott and clinics in Arma and Pleasanton.