Kansas hospital closes: 4 things to know

Morgan Haefner - Print  | 

Horton (Kan.) Community Hospital, the city's only healthcare provider, closed March 12, according to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Four things to know:

1. The 25-bed critical access hospital closed after struggling to pay utilities, missing payroll since Feb. 15 and operating with insufficient supplies, according to local news station WIBW.

2. Richard Brown, MD, the hospital's chief of staff, told the Capital-Journal that the hospital's closure didn't surprise staff. About 50 employees were affected by the closure.

3. Dr. Brown said Horton Community's staff had been working with the Kansas Attorney General's Office and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to find ways to stay open.

4. Attorney general spokesperson C.J. Grover told the Capital-Journal the office is investigating the closure.

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