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Groundbreaking for Citizens Memorial Hospital expansion set for Sept. 28

The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, for the Citizens Memorial Hospital expansion in Bolivar. Lunch will be served after the ceremony.

“This groundbreaking is in conjunction with the 41st anniversary of the hospital opening on Sept. 28, 1982,” said Michael Calhoun, CEO/executive director of CMH and the Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. “All inpatient areas will move to the expansion. We will repurpose space within the current hospital facility after construction is complete.”

The three-story, 117,000-square-foot expansion on the south side of the hospital will double the size of the hospital. Patient care areas moving into the new space include an expanded emergency department, private medical/surgical patient rooms, and an expanded intensive care unit and birthing unit. Additional services include a new kitchen and dining area, the hospital pharmacy and an expanded gift shop.

“We will always be thankful for those who formed the Hospital District in the 1970s,” Calhoun said. “Their persistence and vision for a better future for Bolivar, Polk County and beyond is inspiring. With this expansion, we position CMH for continued growth and service for patients in the community and the region.”

Work will begin this fall on “make-ready” projects to prepare the construction site. These projects include relocating offices, the kitchen and cafeteria, and additional parking. Construction on the new facility will start in early 2024.

“Our 41st anniversary is a fitting time to kick off the largest facility expansion in the hospital’s history,” Calhoun said. “Please join us to celebrate this historic event.”

Missouri Governor Mike Parson will give special remarks during the ceremony. Hospital and community leaders will present the hospital’s history, mission and vision, and the Bolivar High School Chorus will sing the national anthem.

Event parking is available at 1165 N. Butterfield Road near the Butterfield Park Professional Building. The ceremony location is south of the hospital and north of Bolivar Family Care Center. Directions, parking information and other details are available at

Guests for the groundbreaking event are encouraged to RSVP online at or by calling 417-328-3401 by Tuesday, Sept. 26.

For more information about the groundbreaking ceremony, please call 417-328-6401.

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