Kansas hospital abruptly closes

Herington (Kan.) Hospital, a 25-bed critical access facility, closed its doors Oct. 9, local station WIBW reported. 

Leadership informed hospital staff of the facility's closure Oct. 9, and all services were slated to end the same day. The facility will remain open through the remainder of the week for patients to retrieve medical records. 

Some hospital employees were reportedly sent home from work Oct. 6, though the hospital's emergency department remained open over the weekend, according to the Abilene Reflector-Chronicle.

Herington Hospital cited "lengthy financial struggles and consistently low patient volumes" for its decision to close, according to a statement shared with WIBW.

"Herington Hospital has provided healthcare services to the community since 1919. The support from the Herington community has been invaluable throughout our history, not only in choosing Herington Hospital for care but also in the countless volunteer hours given over the years," the hospital said. "We deeply appreciate the community's engagement and their integral role in shaping the hospital's legacy."

It is unclear how many employees may be affected by the closure. Herington Hospital's LinkedIn page reports employing 51-200 workers.  

Editor's note: Becker's has reached out to Herington Hospital for comment and will update the article if more information becomes available. 

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