N.Y. hospital to shutter ED

St. Luke's Cornwall (N.Y.) Hospital's board of trustees voted Thursday to close the Littman Center for Emergency Medicine at its Cornwall campus.

St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital is part of a two-hospital integrated care network based in Newburgh, N.Y. Board members decided to shutter the department as utilization of its emergency services has steadily declined during the past seven years, according to the hospital's website.

The Cornwall ED treated an average of fewer than two patients per hour in 2015. Of those patients, fewer than one in ten required hospitalization, which occurs on the hospital network's main campus in Newburgh.

Hospital network officials estimate the closure could improve its bottom line by $3.2 million.

The emergency department is slated to close Oct. 1.

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