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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.




September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and Ray County Memorial Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions is working to raise awareness and educate the community on the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Talk of suicide should never be dismissed. If you, or someone you know, are thinking of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline states that knowing these warning signs may help determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide:
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated, behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

  • Suicide prevention starts with recognizing these warning signs and taking them seriously. If you think someone you know may be feeling suicidal, the best thing to do is ask. These conversations may feel difficult and uncomfortable, which is entirely normal. If you are uncertain of how to be there for someone in need, here are five action steps you can take according to the National Institute of Mental Health: 5 Actions To Take

    The Suicide Prevention Lifeline reminds us that suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives. If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255).







    Restricted Visitor Policy (updated: August 16, 2021)


    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.

    Visitors must be free of COVID symptoms and exposure.

    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:
    • One visitor in the ER waiting room

    ER (Emergency Department:
    • One visitor in the ER waiting room
    • 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:
    • 1 visitor per day from 10 a.m - 6 p.m.
    • 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 https://missouriveinspecialists.com



    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."
    www.ivantagehealth.com




    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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