Kansas hospital plans to reopen after abruptly closing in March

Horton (Kan.) Community Hospital is taking steps to reopen after financial troubles forced it to shut down in March.

The 25-bed critical access hospital shut down after months of financial troubles. The hospital, owned by an affiliate of Kansas City, Mo.-based EmpowerHMS, was nearly 30 days behind on payroll when it closed.

The hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy two days after it closed, and a trustee was appointed to oversee the hospital's operations.

After the hospital filed for bankruptcy, a small team of employees began working on reopening the hospital.

"Since then they've been selecting management teams and finding the finances and doing some allocations of funds to get things up and running," Horton Hospital Chief of Staff Richard Brown, MD, told TV station KSNT.

The hospital is tentatively set to reopen in August. Dr. Brown told KSNT that EmpowerHMS is not involved in the reopening process.

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