I-70 Community Hospital voluntarily suspends license

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is alerting the public of regulatory issues with I-70 Community Hospital, located at 105 Hospital Drive in Sweet Springs.

I-70 Community Hospital is currently out of regulatory compliance and unable to provide hospital services to the fullest extent. Effective 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, the hospital voluntarily suspended its license for 90 days as they work toward regaining full compliance and meeting regulatory requirements.

“While access to health care is important, safety of patients has to be the top priority,” said Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS director. “The hospital’s action today supports our commitment to keep people safe.”

The Concordian contacted I-70 Community Hospital prior to publication of this article and did not receive a response from hospital spokespersons. However, a release on the I-70 Community Hospital’s website reads:

“This is to serve as official notice that the I-70 Community Hospital Board of Directors has informed the Missouri Hospital Authority that it will enter into a period of voluntary temporary suspension of services, effective February 15, 2019, at 7 p.m. This suspension will last no longer than 90 days, during which time the hospital will implement measures to address noted areas of concern, which are needed for us to reopen and deliver the highest quality of care to our community.”

The release went on to state: “On a daily basis, our hospital faces the same external and internal challenges that are no different from the ones that adversely affect all rural- and critical-access hospitals across the country. However, despite all of this, and with the support of our community, we are committed to doing all that is necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of I-70 Community Hospital.”

Medical records requests will be processed during this time. Those seeking to obtain medical records should call 660-335-4700.

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