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Our Story

Created through a partnership between Poplar Bluff Medical Partners and Saint Francis Healthcare System, Black River is a community-owned, 3 bed not-for-profit hospital focused on providing the highest quality of care. The hospital was designed by local physicians and healthcare professionals to provide Poplar Bluff residents a choice for inpatient hospitalization and emergency care, and imaging services. A group of 39 physicians formed Poplar Bluff Medical Partners in 2001 to provide high-quality, affordable care locally. Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau is a partner with the local physicians in Poplar Bluff Medical Partners.
Black River Medical Center provides emergency services and diagnostic imaging services. The hospital treats short-stay illnesses, such as dehydration, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, simple pneumonia, diabetes, hypertension and much more. Black River Medical Center’s Emergency Department will treat those that need immediate medical attention. If a patient comes to our Emergency Department and it is determined that their condition is beyond the scope of care of Black River Medical Center, we will stabilize them, then transfer to a higher-level-of-care facility.
At Black River Medical Center, we are focused on you. Many of our physicians, nurses, technicians and staff were raised in Poplar Bluff and the surrounding area. They are trusted friends and neighbors who have chosen to stay in Poplar Bluff because it is home. We want you to be happy with your experience. Our objective is to improve the quality of healthcare in Poplar Bluff while keeping it affordable and accessible to all consumers.

Our Vision

Who We Are
We will be the recognized leader and preferred provider of health care services to the communities we serve.
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Our Mission

What We Think
The Mission of Black River Medical Center is to offer exceptional care and excellent service, at a lower cost.

Our CEO

Born and raised in Poplar Bluff, Christy graduated University of Missouri, Rolla, with an Industrial Engineering degree and spent many years in management consulting. She helped a variety of industries improve operations, focusing on labor efficiencies, overall financial improvements, productivity and throughput of services. Her love is customer service and patient focused activities.

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CHRISTY SHAWAN

Chief Executive Officer

Administrative Staff

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TERI REYNOLDS

Director of Operations

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CHRISTIE DeARMAN

Quality Medical Staff Coordinator

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KAY FOX

Director of Nursing

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MATT WALLACE

Bio Med/IT Administrator

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SUSAN TIDWELL

Business Office Manager/HIM

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MATT BEDELL

Director of Marketing

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JOHN EASTWOOD

Director of Facility Services

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PHILLIP CROCKER

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Our Principles

Integrity as our Foundation
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Service as our Standard
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Excellence as our Distinction
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Leadership as our Future
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Black River Medical Center provides their patients with the respect and privacy. Please take a moment to read our privacy policy

To see a listing of all your patient's right please see this entire article.
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We pride ourself on integrity, service, excellence and leadership. These values drive our desire to meet the needs of our patients and our community.