North Carolina hospital closes, files for bankruptcy

Martin General Hospital, a 49-bed facility in Williamston, N.C., suspended operations Aug. 3 and plans to file for bankruptcy.

"Though this is a very emotional decision, Martin General is no longer accepting patients, including emergency patients," the hospital said in a news release. 

The nearest emergency room is ECU Health Beaufort Hospital in Washington, N.C., 22 miles south of Martin General. 

Martin General, which lost $13 million in 2022, cited financial challenges related to declining population and utilization trends as reasons for the decision.

The hospital is owned by Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health.

Editor's note: This article was updated Aug. 4 at 12:21 p.m. CT. 

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