Kansas hospital faces immediate closure, city officials say

Horton (Kan.) Community Hospital could close March 12 amid financial struggles, city officials told local news station KSNT.

In February, a top hospital leader told The Topeka Capital-Journal the hospital has struggled to pay utilities, missed payroll and operated with insufficient supplies. At the time, hospital Chief Nursing Officer Krissy Torkelson reported that the 25-bed critical access facility in recent months has lacked funds for patient medication, supplies and food.

While the mayor and a city administrator told KSNT they heard the hospital may shut down March 12, Horton Community Hospital's CEO has not confirmed the closure. The company that previously managed the hospital, Kansas City, Mo.-based EmpowerHMS, also did not comment on the news.

EmpowerHMS operates hospitals in Tennessee and Oklahoma, some of which have also struggled financially.

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