University Hospital in Kentucky Closes Sleep Center, Cuts Services

University Hospital in Louisville, Ky., is closing some services in an effort to save approximately $2.5 million annually, according to a Courier-Journal report.

University Hospital COO Ken Marshall said the hospital will probably have to eliminate $15 million in costs over the next couple years to improve financially, according to the report. The hospital's financial struggles are due in part to the fact that nearly 25 percent of its patients are uninsured. 

The hospital will close its sleep center Nov. 2, which will affect eight employees. The hospital will place the employees in other positions in the organization if possible, according to the report.

University Hospital is also ending open-heart surgeries, which the hospital has performed only 16 times so far this year.

In addition, the hospital is limiting nonemergency outpatient services for uninsured patients, including CT, MRI, ultrasound and breast imaging and rehabilitation services such as speech and physical therapy. However, the hospital will make exceptions if a physician says a service is medically necessary, according to the report.

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