Seeing a doctor for regular checkups and minor emergencies will be even easier in the Boonville area thanks to a new, larger MU Health Care clinic that is scheduled to open in early 2023. The clinic will feature primary care providers, an urgent care with extended hours, specialty services, X-ray, imaging, a lab and physical therapy services.
“I’m a firm believer that primary care should be provided in the neighborhood where you live,” MU Health Care CEO Jonathan Curtright said. “We are committed to the people of Boonville and Cooper County, and this investment will improve the health and well-being of the community.”
When Pinnacle Regional Hospital closed in 2020, MU Health Care opened a temporary clinic in Boonville with trusted family medicine doctors Mona Brownfield, MD, and Robert Koch, MD, and nurse practitioner Lori Weekley, FNP. That clinic, located at 102 Isle of Capri Blvd., has limited space with 700 square feet and two exam rooms.
It will be replaced by a new 14,000-square-foot facility with at least 15 exam rooms that will be located on Jackson Road near Main Street, across from Walmart.
“The new facility will give us more room to add providers for primary care in the future,” Brownfield said. “The other thing that’s really crucial for the community is urgent care. We’ll have extended hours, and it will be kind of an urgent care-plus, in that it will offer CT scans, labs and general radiology. That will provide citizens with a close health care option when the clinic is closed.
“This will definitely keep our community healthier. A lot of people didn’t seek medical care when the hospital closed because they thought it was too hard to find a provider. So people should be able to get back on track with regular health care.”
Published July 19, 2021