Kansas hospital takes step toward reopening after entering bankruptcy

Horton (Kan.) Community Hospital closed March 12, but it has begun the process of reopening, according to local TV station WIBW.

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.

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

The hospital began the first phase of reopening on March 25, when a few employees came in to answer phones and retrieve medical records. However, it may be several months before the facility fully reopens.

"It's not going to be a very fast process," Richard Brown, MD, chief of staff at Horton Community Hospital, told WIBW. "In fact, when I talked to the trustee, I said, 'Are we just a few weeks from getting things up and running?' and he said, 'Probably longer.' So I anticipate weeks, if not a few months, at least."

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