Centegra Hospital-Woodstock to discontinue medical-surgical, intensive care

Centegra Hospital-Woodstock (Ill.) filed a notice with the state to permanently discontinue medical-surgical and intensive care services after suspending them Aug. 12.

The hospital will continue to provide emergency care, mental health crisis stabilization, inpatient behavioral healthcare and outpatient medical imaging and laboratory services. The changes mean patients who require overnight care or surgery will need to be transferred to another hospital.

"We will continue to provide the care our community members need on a day-to-day basis, including services like behavioral health, which has been identified as a significant need in this region and is only provided on an inpatient basis by Centegra Health System," Michael Eesley, CEO of Centegra Health System, said in a press release. "Our long-standing position in this community has given us a deep understanding of the most pressing needs, and we have plans to meet them with excellent services in Woodstock."

The changes stem from systemwide financial struggles, according to coverage from the Chicago Tribune, which cites a $30.1 million operating loss for the nine-month period ending March 31. The reduction in services at the Woodstock hospital, which will affect 458 jobs, will largely be reshuffled to other hospitals in the health system so that nearly all employees will find jobs within the system, according to the Chicago Tribune. Ten employees will lose jobs, according to the report.

The health system plans to redirect inpatient physical rehabilitation care to Centegra Hospital-Woodstock beginning in 2018. After all the changes are made, the Woodstock hospital will have 56 beds, down from its original 106, according to Chicago Tribune.


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