Oklahoma hospital lays off most employees, partially shuts down

Haskell County Community Hospital in Stigler, Okla., laid off most of its staff Sept. 2. The emergency room is the only part of the hospital that remains open, according to TV station KJRH.

Haskell County Community Hospital is one of several hospitals previously owned by Kansas City, Mo.-based EmpowerHMS that filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year. Shawnee, Okla.-based Cohesive Healthcare took over management of the hospital, and is trying to control expenses during the bankruptcy process by closing most of the facility, according to News on 6.

Cohesive CEO Godwin Feh told News on 6 that he's optimistic the hospital will come out of the bankruptcy process stronger than ever.

Haskell County Community Hospital interim CEO Andrea Randall estimated 70 percent to 75 percent of the hospital's staff was laid off Sept. 2. She said all patients were transferred to other facilities, according to KJRH.

With Haskell County Community Hospital mostly shut down, patients will have to travel an hour away to receive care.

"For patients that are sometimes elderly that travel to that area for services, it's not only a financial but a physical burden," Ms. Randall told News on 6.

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