Citizens Memorial Hospital

(Courtesy Citizens Memorial Hospital)

Editor's note: an earlier version of this story misspelled Mr. Bryant's last name. This story has been edited to reflect that correction. 

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the category of front line workers that has received the most attention—and rightfully so—is the healthcare profession. The first ones you think of in that category are, of course, doctors and nurses. 

But there are hundreds of workers in the healthcare sector whose jobs are less visible, more behind-the-scenes.                                                                   

A planned merger between Bolivar’s Citizens Memorial Hospital and Springfield’s CoxHealth has been canceled.

The two healthcare organizations announced today they’ve decided the timing is not right for the partnership.

Officials with Bolivar-based Citizens Memorial Hospital and CoxHealth in Springfield have signed a letter of intent to merge the two, making CMH a part of Cox.

The announcement came in a joint press release Friday morning.

It describes a due diligence period during which both entities will explore the details of one another’s business practices before reaching a final agreement. That could come as soon as mid-2017.

Bolivar Herald-Free Press

Citizens Memorial Hospital is celebrating a new facility at the health care system in Bolivar.  CMH hosted an open house and ribbon cutting for the completed Kerry and Synda Douglas Medical Center on Sunday.

The new addition to the Douglas Medical Center added 80,000 square feet to the existing 40,000 square feet, which was completed in 2008. The new addition cost more than $18 million and was funded by a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.