It's one of 14 hospitals Tenet decided to sell, so it can focus on hospitals in bigger cities. There's no word yet on who will buy Three Rivers, or how much it will cost. Even though Carda says the quality of care won't be affected by Tenet selling Three Rivers, Poplar Bluff Medical Partners and Saint Francis Medical Center are building a new hospital, saying they want to meet the healthcare needs in the Poplar Bluff community, but that hospital is waiting for a certificate of need.
That certificate comes from the state, and may be needed for construction to move forward. Greg Carda says a new owner won't change things at Three Rivers, in fact it may mean more nurses and even better service. We asked Three Rivers patients what they think it will mean. Chris Smith of Poplar Bluff says, "We go to Three Rivers a lot. I don't know, my wife's mom's in there right now, we think it's a good hospital." Debbie Zovist of Highland, Illinois says, "If it improves healthcare for everyone it may be good." While Sherry Smith of Poplar Bluff says, "I don't know it may be better, we'll just have to wait and see."