Welcome

Welcome to the Black River Medical Center website. Our goal is to provide quality healthcare to every resident of the region and for you to think first of our physicians and facility when there is a need. I invite you to use this resource for your healthcare informational needs.

When the concept of Black River Medical Center was conceived, the mission was to provide the community with healthcare choices. Throughout our short tenure in Poplar Bluff, the  commitment has remained steadfast to improve community health and quality of life, and to care for our patients in extraordinary ways. This commitment means that we strive to provide highly trained competent staff and patient-centered partnerships with excellent physicians.

Please contact me personally, should you have any questions or comments. I am proud of our hospital and the role we play in our community. I would love to hear from you!


Christy Shawan

Chief Executive Officer

Our Story

You demanded quality. We delivered.

Created through a partnership between Poplar Bluff Medical Partners and Saint Francis Healthcare System, Black River is a community-owned, 8 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.

Administrative Staff

Department Directors and Administrators

Julie Oneal

Julie Oneal

Chief Financial Officer

Sophia Buchanan

Sophia Buchanan

Director of Nursing

Christie DeArman

Christie DeArman

Quality Medical Staff Coordinator

Meagan Tucker

Meagan Tucker

Director of Human Resources

Shanna Carr

Shanna Carr

Outpatient Dietitian

Susan Tidwell

Susan Tidwell

Business Office Director/HIPAA Officer

Matt Bedell

Matt Bedell

Director of Marketing

Matt Wallace

Matt Wallace

IT/Bio Med/Security Privacy Officer

John Eastwood

John Eastwood

Director of Facility Services