- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) - A 107-year-old rehabilitation hospital in the southwest Missouri town of Mount Vernon will close at the end of October.

Missouri Rehabilitation Center was founded by the state in 1907 to treat tuberculosis patients. Its mission has changed several times, and the state transferred ownership to University of Missouri Health Care in 1996.

MU Health Care announced the planned closing Monday, citing several years of low patient numbers and expanded access to long-term rehab care throughout the state. The Mount Vernon facility has 130 beds but had just 24 inpatients on Monday.

The center’s 323 employees include 156 clinical staff, 130 support staff, six physicians and 31 administrators/managers. MU Health Care said it would work to help the employees find other jobs.

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