SMITHVILLE — St. Luke's North Hospital—Smithville, located at 601 S. U.S. Highway 169, will be permanently closing its emergency department on Halloween of this year.
"Change is an inevitable part of health care, especially in today's rapidly evolving industry. To ensure that St. Luke's is always positioned to provide high-quality care for the communities we serve, we constantly reevaluate the needs of our patients to determine how we can best care for them and offer them the services they most want and need," states a media release from the hospital.
Due to steadily decreasing emergency visits to the Smithville location and an increasing number at the Barry Road location in nearby Kansas City over the years, the need for an emergency department in Smithville has changed, the release states.
"With a recent multimillion dollar renovation and expansion just 15 minutes down the road, more patients are choosing St. Luke's North Hospital—Barry Road for their emergency care," the release states. "For more than 25 years, St. Luke's has been firmly committed to the healthy future of Smithville and its residents. As we look ahead to how St. Luke's can continue to meet the region's needs in the most meaningful way, we are optimistic about what's to come."
In-demand services such as behavioral health, rehabilitation and primary care will continue to be offered at the Smithville location. Additionally, St. Luke's will be opening a new Convenient Care Clinic next spring in the Smithville Marketplace, the developing shopping district off U.S. 169.
"Local residents will find walk-in care for minor illnesses or injuries, with expanded weekday and weekend hours," the release states. "St. Luke's is proud to be part of the Smithville community and look forward to providing its residents with quality care well into the future."
More details will be published as they become available.