Oklahoma hospital to cease inpatient services this month

Memorial Hospital and Physician Group in Frederick, Okla., will discontinue inpatient services March 31, according to The Lawton Constitution.

The rural hospital is transitioning to an outpatient facility due to various financial challenges, such as rising care costs, diminished reimbursements and low inpatient volume.

The hospital announced the changes last December but only recently set a definite date for the transition to occur.

"The decision to discontinue these services was difficult, but a shift in focus from inpatient to outpatient care will help ensure the future of healthcare in Frederick," said Ricky Coleman, hospital and nursing center administrator, according to the report.

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