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Ray County Memorial Hospital

A Critical Access Health Care Facility located in Richmond Mo. Since 1956, Ray County Memorial Hospital has provided Ray County residents and surrounding communities with professional, dependable, cost-effective health care. Our Mission is to provide high quality health care to improve the health status of the community it serves. Owned and operated by the people of Ray County.

Ray County Memorial Hospital is working with other community health providers to update the 2022 Ray County, MO Community Health Needs Assessment. The goal of this assessment update is to understand progress in addressing health needs cited in the 2016 and 2019 CHNA reports and to collect up-to-date community health perceptions.

VVV Consultants LLC, an independent healthcare consulting firm from Olathe, KS, has been retained to conduct this countrywide research. All responses will be confidential if you choose to participate in this online survey.

To gather community feedback, a short and confidential online survey has been developed. To access this survey, please utilize the link below to participate.


All community residents and business leaders are encouraged to complete the 2022 CHNA online survey by June 10th, 2022. In addition, please hold the date for the Town Hall meeting scheduled Tuesday, July 19th, 2022, for Lunch from 11:30am 0 1:00pm. Please stay on the lookout for more information to come soon. Thank you in advance for your time and support!

Missouri is experiencing an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases.

Here's what you need to know about the current situation in Missouri, and what you can do to help.

Delta, omicron and other viruses are all present throughout the state. The current surge of COVID-19 cases is happening in tandem with a spike in other illnesses like the flu. Experts believe delta is still the dominant COVID-19 strain in Missouri, and a surge of the highly contagious omicron variant could overwhelm our health care systems.

Here's what you can do: If you start to feel sick, get tested as soon as possible, using one of Missouri's convenient testing options including Regional drive-thru testing sites, Local pharmacies and Self collection tests.

Emergency rooms are not the most efficient COVID-19 testing sites. To help hospitals effectively manage the COVID-19 surge and care for all patients experiencing life-threatening emergencies, use one of the testing options listed above if your symptoms are not severe.

Vaccines and masks work. Vaccines remain the best tool in preventing severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19, including against new variants. Mask wearing and distancing from others, especially in public indoor settings, helps prevent the spread of the virus.

Here's what you can do: Get vaccinated and boosted as soon as you're eligible. Mask up to protect yourself and others.

Keep ER's Open For Emergencies

Missouri is on track to exceed peak COVID-19 levels, and health care resources are finite. Hospital emergency rooms still need to care for non-COVID-related emergencies like heart attacks, strokes, and severe injuries and accidents. Help hospitals effectively manage this COVID-19 surge by using one of Missouri's convenient COVID-19 testing options if your symptoms are not life-threatening.

  • Regional drive-thru testing sites
  • Local pharmacies
  • Self collection tests

  • Restricted Visitor Policy (updated: January 31, 2022)

    Per CDC guidance, masks are required to enter regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

    No children under 18 are allowed unless he/she needs care.

    Our main entrance doors are locked each afternoon at 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., please use the emergency room entrance.

    Outpatient clinic, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Lab, Rehab (PT/OT/ST):
    No visitor unless under the age of 18, guardian, caregiver, or interpreter is needed.

    Same day surgery / procedure:
    • No visitor in the ER waiting room

    ER (Emergency Department:
    • In the ER a care giver can go back with the patient or one parent if the patient is a minor. Again they must be masked.
    • Exceptions: patient is a minor (under age of 18), end-of-life care, and patients who cannot be left alone (cognitively impaired).

    Med/Surg / Inpatients:
    • For In-Patients we are allowing one visitor at a time in the patient room. They can have multiple visitors a day but only one at a time in the room. Visitors must be masked at all times. For end of life patients, the Charge Nurse may use their discretion concerning visitors.
    • Exceptions: patient is a minor (under age of 18), end-of-life care, and patients who cannot be left alone (cognitively impaired).
    • Visitors are not allowed for patients being evaluated for COVID-19 or who test positive for COVID-19
    • The Charge Nurse has the discretion to make exceptions as necessary in the best interests of the patient. Examples of this are provider conferences, change in condition, emotional and mental-health concerns, unanticipated outcomes.

    If these stipulations are not followed the designated visitor(s) privileges will be revoked.

    Highlighting Adolescent Mental Health During COVID-19

    As lives return to normal, the need for mental health care likely will increase as the cumulative effects of 2020 and 2021 shape young lives and minds. Better coordinated care, better access to support systems in the community and expansion of technology - like telehealth for mental health care - will help young Missourians with COVID-19-related behavioral health conditions get the help they need. Please click the image below for more information.

    Welcome Dr. Scott Darling, DO, RPVI, RVT to our Out-patient Clinic

    We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Scott Darling, DO, RPVI, RVT to our Out-patient Clinic. Dr. Darling is providing a free vein screening on January 15th, 2021 at the RCMH Out-patient clinic. You will need an appointment for this. This screening includes for vein disease, wounds on the legs, swollen legs, lymphedema, and any skin issues on the leg.

    To schedule an appointment for this screening please contact Dr. Darling's office at 816-792-3400.

    For more information about Dr. Darling please visit

    Temporary Inpatient Visitor Policy as of Dec. 3rd, 2020

    Effective today, 12-03-2020, one visitor per day will be allowed from 10am - 6pm for inpatients.
    Exclusions: Positive COVID-19 patients and patients who have a COVID-19 test pending are not allowed as visitors.

    We are encouraging people across the country to continue to practice safe measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

    This campaign aims to offer resources on proper mask-wearing and care practices in addition to advice from health leaders to better equip our nation with the information they need to keep themselves, their family, and their communities safe.

    We encourage all people to follow science: continue social distancing, washing hands for at least 20 seconds, and most importantly, to wear a face covering when outside the home. Please click here to access AHA Wear A Mask Campaign website.

    Please stay informed about Covid-19 - Click Here.

    A huge shout out to our community for your donations

    A huge shout out to our community for your donations of homemade masks to include Janet Hamm & The Crazy Quilters of Braymer, Stephanie Wheeler, Scout Troop 7153 in Orrick, Cindy Taber, Hazel Vroom, and Heather Merriott with Crossroads Hospice. Plus to all the others who have contributed whose names we do not know. We continue to need homemade masks so our non-clinical staff and patients coming in for appointments have the protection they need to keep themselves and our community safe.

    Donations can be dropped off in the box at the Emergency Room entrance. Thank you for your continued support!

    RCMH Rehab department is now offering Telehealth

    In this time of social distancing, Telehealth can be an alternative to "in office" therapy visits. We have already had several successful visits with current patients. After you have been evaluated in our office, we can offer these Telehealth visits via computer, tablet, smartphone or landline for your convenience. Please call 816-470-5432 ext. 201 to inquire how telehealth can help you.

    If you would like to help – we are accepting homemade sewn masks.

    To assist with the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) we will accept homemade masks meeting certain specifications. These would not be used on frontline staff but there are other areas in the hospital that these would work just fine.

    Details about making/delivering fabric masks for our staff;
    Click here for Instructions

  • Joann’s Fabrics may also have kits available to purchase.
  • Use tightly-woven cotton fabric on both sides.
  • A container will be located at the Emergency Room Entrance for easy drop-off.
  • Collected masks will be immediately sent to laundry/processing to be prepared for use.

  • Please know we appreciate it and many thanks from those of us on the frontline!

    Community Health Needs Assessment

    Ray County Memorial Hospital participates in the Community Health Needs research program.
    Click here to review the Community Health Needs Assessment 2019.
    Click here to review the Community Health Needs Implementation Plan for 2019.

    Click here to review the Community Health Needs Assessment 2016.
    Click here to review the Community Health Needs Implementation Plan for 2016.

    Caring Connections Fall 2019

    Caring Connections is a quarterly publication of Ray County Memorial Hospital. The information in Caring Connections is general in nature and not intended to replace a doctor’s advice. For specific information about healthcare concerns, contact your healthcare professional. September is suicide awareness month, know the signs and risk factors.

    Click here to read Caring Connections publication.

    Please forward comments and article suggestions to: Liz Johnson: 816-309-7179

    Effective March 1st, 2017

    Effective March 1st, 2017 RCMH will begin collecting deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurances based upon your insurance benefits at the time of service. For un-insured patients, you must make arrangements regarding payment prior to your appointment / prior to receiving services. If you have any questions on this please feel free to contact Cindy, business office manager, at 816.470.5432 extension 320.

    Level III Stroke Center

    Ray County Memorial Hospital is proud to announce that we have achieved Level III Stroke Certification by MO Department of Health & Senior Services. This advanced certification highlights our hospital's continued dedication and commitment to provide excellent health care and enhanced patient care within our community.

    Ray County Memorial Hospital Recognized by iVantage Health Analytics for Performance Leadership in Financial Stability

    Richmond, MO, November 2014 - Ray County Memorial Hospital today announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics for overall excellence in Financial Stability, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

    "Despite the many challenges rural hospitals face in today's healthcare environment, they remain a vital and integral component of the community," said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. "The top quartile performers should be viewed as true market leaders. Through their commitment to performance analysis and improvement, they have established a blueprint for sustainability which other rural hospitals can follow."

    Our Vision

  • Provide high quality patient care in a cost-effective manner
  • Meet and exceed our customer expectations
  • Continuously strive to meet the needs of the community
  • Provide a positive work environment
  • Maintain compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Provide and maintain positive professional staff/physician relations

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