Committed to Elevating the Health of Our Community
Cooper County Memorial Hospital is committed to the people it serves and the communities in which they live. To continue and further our organization’s commitment to community health improvement, our hospital recently undertook a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). We’ll utilize the findings from the assessment to guide various community initiatives and engage appropriate partners to address the various needs that were identified. Through this process, the hospital will strengthen its partnership in the community and elevate the health of those in the surrounding neighborhoods.
To improve the health of the citizens of the Boonslick Area and surrounding communities by providing personalized healthcare with a commitment to excellence.
To position Cooper County Memorial Hospital for the future by improving the quality of care we offer in a patient-centered environment while exercising fiscal responsibility and establishing Cooper County Memorial Hospital as an employer of choice.
Soon after the turn of the century, a new era began in Cooper County healthcare with the establishment of the area’s first organized hospital, St. Joseph’s Sanitarium, on the southeast corner of 6th and Locust Streets. This hospital was the idea of Dr. C.H. Van Ravenswaay, a well-educated and experienced Dutch surgeon who came to Boonville in the late 1880’s and first established himself at the northeast corner of 6th and Spring. Wanting to expand his business and the quality of healthcare in the area, he talked to the Benedictine Sisters of St. Joseph’s Convent in Pilot Grove and encouraged them to help him open a hospital in Boonville in 1905.
By 1911, the success of this venture and the need for more space and better facilities prompted Van Ravenswaay and the Benedictine Sisters to buy the historic plot of land on the edge of town which had been the location of Hannah Cole’s fort, the first Missouri State Fair and the Second Battle of Boonville. Here in 1918 was erected St. Joseph’s Hospital, a facility that would serve as the center for healthcare in the Boonslick area for more than fifty years. Dr. C.H. Van Ravenswayy was soon joined in Boonville by his brother, Dr. Alex Van Ravenswaay, and he established his own clinic in downtown Boonville on the south side of Spring just east of Main.
Despite several expansions and extensive remodeling of St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1927 and in the late 1950’s, it became apparent in the mid 1960’s that a new facility would have to be built to provide the area with the kind of health care that would be required in the last decades of the 20th century. A special Cooper County Hospital Board Committee consisting of Benton W. Smith, Thomas Miller, R.O. Herfurth, Jim Marshall, Milton Sieckman, and Martin Roedel was appointed to oversee the proposed expansion, and Board Chairman Smith campaigned heavily in 1968-69 to get support for a bond issue that was presented to the people of Cooper County.
The $1,000,000 bond issue, along with $1,000,000 federal funds, obtained under the Hill-Burton Act, and private gifts resulted in construction of the present modern one-story facility with its staff of well-trained doctors, nurses, and technicians. On August 5, 1973, the new Cooper County Memorial Hospital was dedicated in a ceremony presided over by Missouri Governor Kit Bond. Further development of the campus through numerous gifts including the Windsor, Redman, Harned, and Smith trusts/estates has enabled CCMH to add medical office buildings to its campus to provide for physician offices, rehabilitation, and renal dialysis.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Cooper County Memorial Hospital undertook a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The assessment was not only initiated to comply with current requirements set forth in the Affordable Care Act, but to further the organization’s commitment to community health improvement. The findings from the assessment will be utilized by Cooper County Memorial Hospital to guide various community initiatives and to engage appropriate partners to address the various needs that were identified. Cooper County Memorial Hospital is committed to the people it serves and the communities they live in. Through this process, the hospital will be a stronger partner in the community and the health of those in the surrounding neighborhoods will be elevated.