Steward closes Ohio hospital, lays off 468

Dallas-based Steward Health Care closed Northside Regional Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio Sept. 20.

Steward announced plans in August to shut down the facility, citing a sharp decline in patient volume.

"Despite continued investment, Northside Regional Medical Center remains significantly under-utilized — as it has been for many years," Steward said. "While other nearby hospitals have seen increasing numbers of patient visits in recent years, Northside has seen a 71 percent decrease over the past decade."

To prepare for the closure, Northside Regional Medical Center began scaling back services earlier this week. The hospital closed its emergency room and stopped accepting labor and delivery admissions on Sept. 17. The hospital transferred or discharged all remaining inpatients by Sept. 19.

The closure will affect the hospital's 468 employees, according to a revised Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice filed Aug. 17. Northside Regional Medical Center said employees will be paid through Oct. 14 and compensated for accrued benefits.

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