Mercy Iowa City to shut down skilled nursing unit

Mercy Iowa City (Iowa) will close its skilled nursing unit at the end of June, according to an Iowa City Press-Citizen report.

Although the decision to close the unit was made months ago, and the final patients have been discharged, the unit will remain open until June 30.

Hospital spokeswoman Margaret Reese attributed the unit's closure to declining demand.

She told the Iowa City Press-Citizen the need for the unit, which served patients who were recovering from medical issues and who were transitioning from hospital beds to their homes or rehabilitation facilities, declined in recent years as more facilities in the area began offering this type of care.

No layoffs will take place as a result of the closure, as the unit's nurses transitioned into other jobs.


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