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New Dunklin Co. hospital on ballot for August

New Dunklin Co. hospital on ballot for August (Two propositions on the Dunklin County ballot for the August primary could bring a new hospital to the county if passed. (Source - KFVS)).jpg
New Dunklin Co. hospital on ballot for August (Two propositions on the Dunklin County ballot for the August primary could bring a new hospital to the county if passed. (Source - KFVS))

Tuesday, July 10th 2018, 12:13 pm CDT

DUNKLIN COUNTY (Heartland News at 9) - A proposition to build a new hospital with an emergency room in Dunklin County, Missouri was added to the ballot for the August primary.

The Citizens for Healthcare in Dunklin County are asking residents to vote "yes" on Aug. 7 for Proposition HEALTH and Proposition CARE. A vote for each would help build and operate a new hospital complete with an emergency room in Dunklin County.

Proposition HEALTH is a sales tax that sunsets in 30 years and Proposition CARE is a 50-cent per $100 assessed valuation property tax. The two would generate approximately $2 million annually and both are required to pass to move forward with the initiative.

According to the group, the new 27,000 square-foot hospital would employ 100 people with a projected payroll of $5 million for an economic impact up to $35 million in Dunklin County. The hospital would have an ER with nine treatment rooms and would be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In June 2018, the company operating Dunklin County's only hospital permanently closed the doors of Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center.

They say it would have up to 10 beds, two surgery suites, diagnostics services and would offer cardiopulmonary care to patients in the county.

The group said the new hospital will cost approximately $12 million, and construction is expected to begin in the spring. They said it would take approximately 12-18 months to complete.

The county would maintain operational oversight.