Cash-strapped California hospital closes ER

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Sebastopol, Calif.-based Sonoma West Medical Center closed its emergency room Sept. 16.

The hospital, which is owned by the Palm Drive Health Care District, faced closure earlier this year, and staff projected the facility would run out of money by the end of August. However, the hospital recently entered into a 10-year agreement with Modesto, Calif.-based American Advanced Management Group that calls for the hospital to remain open with fewer services.  

Under the agreement, Sonoma West Medical Center closed its ER, and it will also end short-term inpatient care. The hospital will transition to a long-term care hospital with an urgent care facility.

During a meeting Sept. 10, AAMG CEO Gia Smith told the Palm Drive Health Care District board of directors that AAMG's license to manage the hospital was approved by the state, according to Sonoma West Times & News.

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