Oklahoma critical access hospital to file for bankruptcy

Atoka (Okla.) County Medical Center's board voted Tuesday to file for bankruptcy, according to a KXII news report.

The critical access hospital is about $16 million in debt and began exploring filing for bankruptcy in early December. "The position we are in with our creditors and many of our vendors, we owe so much money, my fear is that they may garnish our account and we won't be able to make payroll," hospital CEO Traci Walker told KXII in December.

Hospital officials paid a lawyer to prepare the bankruptcy documents last month while they decided whether filing for bankruptcy was the best option. The hospital board voted Tuesday to file the documents.

According to KXII, Atoka County Medical Center officials are reviewing proposals from outside organizations that are interested in helping the hospital regain its financial footing. 

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