Illinois hospital stops accepting patients, faces understaffing

MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Ill., stopped patient admissions and temporarily closed its emergency department and cauterization lab due to understaffing Sept. 20, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The decision to suspend certain services and stop accepting new patients came after MetroSouth Medical Center's independent general surgery group submitted its resignation. The physician group covering oncology and emergency services will end services at the hospital later this month, a hospital spokesperson told the Chicago Sun-Times.

MetroSouth Medical Center told employees in August that the facility would close Sept. 30, but the hospital is staying open longer than expected after a state board postponed a decision on whether to approve the closure Sept. 17.

Access the full Chicago Sun-Times article here.

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