Tennessee hospital closes, leaving 125 without jobs

McNairy Regional Hospital in Selmer, Tenn., will close at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

McNairy Regional's parent system, Knoxville, Tenn.-based Tennova Healthcare announced plans to shut down the hospital in March after facility experts discovered significant plumbing problems. The hospital needed to close for at least six months for the repairs.

After considering the hospital's deteriorating patient volume and the cost of repairs, Tennova decided to close the hospital permanently. The hospital's admissions had dropped nearly 70 percent between 2010 and 2015, and ER visits had also plummeted.

After McNairy Regional closes, those in need of emergency care will be taken to the two nearest hospitals in Cornith and Jackson, Tenn., according to a WBBJ news report.

The hospital closure affects 125 employees. McNairy County officials told WBBJ that some of the workers have been hired to work at other Tennova locations.

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