8 hospital bankruptcies, closures and service cuts

Numerous hospitals and health systems filed for bankruptcy protection, closed or announced service cuts since June. Becker's Hospital Review covered the following instances of such, starting with the most recent.

1. Doctors Hospital of Michigan in Pontiac filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

2. Jameson Hospital officials said July 23 that the New Castle, Pa.-based facility will no longer offer childbirth services beginning Sept. 1.

3. Boston-based Partners HealthCare announced June 30 that it will close its Union Hospital in Lynn, Mass., as part of a plan to consolidate services in the North Shore region and open a dedicated behavioral health center.

4. Kindred Hospital Northeast-Natick closed June 26 after its host hospital, Framingham, Mass.-based MetroWest Medical Center, ended the lease. The 23-bed hospital in Natick, Mass. stopped accepting new admissions June 15.

5. Escondido, Calif.-based Palomar Health's board of directors voted June 24 to shut down the hospital in downtown Escondido. Services at that campus will be transferred to the new Palomar Medical Center on the west side of Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

6. Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick, Maine, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy June 16 and closed its inpatient care facilities and emergency department.

7. The Woodlands, Texas-based Victory Healthcare filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection June 12.

8. Kona Community Hospital in Kealakekua, Hawaii, announced June 9 that the hospital will eliminate 34 long-term care positions and close its 18-bed skilled nursing service. The nursing unit could potentially reopen in the future, if needed.


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