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Fulton Medical Center to be renamed, CEO talks plans to expand and diversify

On Thursday, the new CEO of Fulton Medical Center spoke with residents about how new management plans to turn the hospital around.

Just last month, Fulton Medical Center almost closed its doors before being purchased by healthcare management company EmpowerHMS.

Residents learned at Thursday night’s forum at United Methodist Church that with new management comes a new name. The hospital will soon be called Christian Memorial Hospital.

The hospital’s new CEO, Isabel Schmedemann filled community members in on what the company has been working on in the last month since Fulton Medical Center was bought.

Schmedemann told ABC 17 News they are still working to hire more nurses and fill other positions at the hospital. Right now, they have 99 people on payroll.

She said that’s less than when the hospital was about to close, but more than they had a few weeks ago.

Thursday night, Schmedemann talked about her plans to expand and diversify the hospital to be able to serve more patients.

She said they want to have an opioid and alcohol medical stabilization program.

They also are going to partner with other mid-Missouri hospitals to bring in specialized doctors.

Schmedemann said she’s excited the hospital is still there for Fulton residents.

“I’m going to encourage our community members to find their voice to say that they want to stay in Fulton and get their healthcare in fulton whenever possible,” Schmedemann said. “We’re there and we want to be there for a long time into the future.”

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