Michigan hospital to transition to rural emergency facility

Sturgis (Mich.) Hospital will become a rural emergency facility beginning January 2023, the Sturgis Journal reported Sept. 7. 

The hospital was on the verge of closing when the Michigan Hospital Association suggested it convert to a rural emergency facility. 

"As long as I've been here, and even before then, 80 percent of our revenue came from outpatient services," Sturgis Hospital CFO Bobby Morin told the publication. "A sizable portion of the hospital's expenses come from the inpatient side. It makes sense to take a look at a [rural emergency hospital]: a hospital without inpatient beds."

The hospital has requested $15 million from the state to keep it open and operational until the transition begins next year. 

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