Baylor Scott & White to close Texas hospital, affecting 711 jobs

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Garland (Texas), part of Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health, will close in early 2018.

The 113-bed hospital will stop admitting new patients Feb. 16, 2018, and the facility's last day of operations will be Feb. 28. Any patients remaining at the hospital on the date of closure will be transferred to another acute care hospital within Baylor Scott & White Health's network.

Baylor Scott & White decided to close the hospital after scaling back services and trying to secure a new owner for the facility without success.

"The hospital has incurred significant financial losses over the last three years, and the trajectory of the loss is now unsustainable, as last fiscal year's loss was more than five-times the loss incurred the prior fiscal year," the health system said in a statement to Becker's Hospital Review.

Although the hospital is closing, Baylor Scott & White and its affiliates will continue to offer medical care, including family medicine, cardiology, imaging, orthopedics and outpatient rehabilitation, to the Garland community.  

The hospital closure will affect 711 employees, but the health system intends to place many of the employees in comparable positions at other facilities in its network.

After the hospital closes, patients in the area will still have access to many nearby medical facilities. There are 71 urgent care centers, 48 ambulatory surgery centers, 21 hospitals and 11 freestanding emergency departments within a 12-mile radius of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Garland.

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