Texas health system closes hospital, lays off 972

Nix Medical Center, a 208-bed hospital in San Antonio has closed, and its medical equipment will be sold at auction.

Nix Medical Center is part of Nix Health, which is owned by Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings. In September, Prospect Medical Holdings said it planned to close the hospital because community demand for acute care at Nix Medical Center has declined over the past year.

Nix Medical Center closed this month, and its medical equipment will be sold at an online auction Dec. 11. Centurian Service Group will conduct the auction.

Nix Health also closed its home health division and other facilities, including its specialty health and behavioral center. The combined closures are expected to result in 972 layoffs, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice filed Nov. 6, which states workers will be laid off Jan. 4.

Nix is part of the South Texas Crisis Collaborative, a group of facilities that offer mental health services. Other hospitals in the group are preparing to absorb an influx of patients due to the Nix closures, according to TV station KSAT.

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