Major change coming to Fort Scott’s old Mercy hospital

Bourbon County officials are typically looking to the future but sometimes they look to the past.

“Back in the day, our community was well known and recognized for the healthcare sector that we had here. People from all over used to come to our community to receive primary care or other kinds of healthcare services. We have a vision to one day expand our market and be that place again,” said Bourbon County Economic Development Director Jody Hoener.

That vision includes the old Mercy hospital which Mercy has donated to Bourbon County, along with a million dollars for maintenance and operations. Bourbon County plans on transforming the old hospital into a medical mall or medical co-op, which they hope will offer even more medical services to 4-State patients, and they already have two partners committed to setting up shop.

“The county would take the reigns and lease space to several different healthcare organizations. Two of those organizations are anchor tenants. And they are two current tenants right now: Via Christi and CHC,” said Hoener.

But Via Christi and the Community Healthcare Center of Southeast Kansas only occupy a portion of the medical campus, and the county hopes a variety of other medical providers will soon fill the remaining space.