Steward to close Ohio hospital, lay off 388

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

Steward cited a sharp decline in patient volume as the reason for the closure.

"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."

Northside Regional Medical Center will stop accepting ambulances and admissions in the emergency department Sept. 17, and any remaining inpatients will be transferred or discharged by Sept. 19. Steward has already started contacting patients with procedures scheduled at Northside Regional Medical Center to transition them to nearby hospitals.

The closure will affect the hospital's 388 employees, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice filed Aug. 15. Northside Regional Medical Center said employees will be paid through Oct. 14 and compensated for accrued benefits.

In 2017, Steward acquired Northside Regional Medical Center, previously Northside Medical Center, and seven other hospitals from Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.

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