Happy 40th Anniversary Citizens Memorial Hospital!

Citizens Memorial Hospital is celebrating 40 years in business. The hospital opened its doors Sept. 28, 1982, as a 53-bed not-for-profit Hospital District.


CMH began with three physicians on staff and 90 employees. The services offered at that time included emergency care, intensive care, obstetrics, surgery and recovery, medical-surgical care, laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, respiratory care and an auxiliary. More than 5,000 community members attended the grand opening celebration.


Today we have around 2,100 employees and serve more than 136,000 residents in our eight-county service area. The hospital and foundation comprise 50 locations. Services include family medicine and specialty clinics, outpatient surgery, long-term care and residential care, emergency medical services, home care and pharmacies.


After 40 years, our commitment to provide high-quality health care close to home remains the same. Our recently announced $77,750,000 expansion and upgrade project will include:


  • Medical/Surgical: Transitioning all rooms from semi-private to private, increasing pediatric rooms from one to six, and increasing ICU beds from eight to twelve.
  • Surgery: Adding a third operating room and shell of a room that could house a fourth operating room in the future.
  • Emergency Room: Increasing beds from twelve to twenty-one and adding of a six-bed unit designed specifically for behavioral health patients.
  • Cardiac Cath: Constructing two cardiac catheter units and replacing the current modular unit to support planned growth in the cardiology department.
  • Laboratory: Consolidating off-site location due to growth in tests performed in recent years.
  • Cafeteria and Dietary: Expanding for an improved experience for patients and visitors.
  • Facilities: Upgrades to ventilation, filtration, air handling, boilers, chillers, water heaters, medical vacuum pumps, and fire alarms.


Thank you for trusting Citizens Memorial Hospital! We look forward to the next 40 years together!




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Cheers to 40 Years!

Happy anniversary to us! On Wednesday, Sept. 28 stop by the hospital cafeteria and enjoy a cupcake! We'll be serving them from sun up to sun down - or until we run out. Thank YOU for letting us take care of your family for the last 40 years!

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The CMH Story

Written by Kerry D. Douglas and James C. Sterling, The CMH Story tells the history of Citizens Memorial Hospital. Hardback copies are for sale for $25 in the CMH Gift Garden located in the hospital lobby. You can also call CMH Volunteer Services at 417-328-6432.

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Party Like it's 1982!

If you're visiting a CMH facility this week and things look a little...80s-ish...well, they are! Our staff is enjoying a fun spirit week in honor of our anniversary. We're wearing lots of neon and giving a nod to our favorite 80s television shows and rock bands. We have the very best employees! Looking for a change? We'd love to have you join our team. Visit us on the web for current job openings.

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We care about our community!

Sept. 24-Oct. 1 CMH is hosting a system-wide food drive. All of our locations will be collecting items for their local food pantry. Feel free to join us! Bring in an item and we'll see that it's delivered. In Bolivar, collection sites are located on the first floor of the Douglas Medical Center and in the hospital cafeteria. For more information call 417-328-6318 or email development@citizensmemorial.com.

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For $40, you can help CMH advance the health and wellness needs of the communities we serve.

Our mission to care for others would not be possible without you! In honor of our anniversary, you can thank a CMH physician or employee by making a $40 tax-deductible gift, in their honor, to the Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. For more information or to make a gift online click here.

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The perfect ending and anniversary week finale--the annual Central Care Cancer Center Car Show.

Stop by the annual Central Care Cancer Center Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at CMH. Enjoy food, entertainment, and fun for kids! Registration 8-11 a.m. Judging 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Trophy presentation 1:30-2 p.m. Free admission. For more information call 417-328-7055 or email carshow@ccccancer.com.

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