FORT SCOTT — Ascension Via Christi in Fort Scott will close its emergency room effective Dec. 20.
Ascension Via Christi said the ER is being closed because of a steady decline in emergency room visits and economic challenges, according to a report from KOAM News.
Community residents told the TV station they are worried about the implications for those in need of urgent medical care. The next closest in-state emergency room is in Pittsburg, 34 miles away. The Nevada Missouri Regional Medical Center is about 20 miles away.