Anaheim General Hospital in California to Shutter in May

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Anaheim (Calif.) General Hospital, a for-profit hospital with 142 beds, will close May 23, and its emergency department officially closed Tuesday, according to an Orange County Register report.

Anaheim General CEO Brian Cotter sent a memo to employees saying that "all avenues to ensure continued operations have failed," according to the report. The report did not indicate how many people would be laid off due to the closure, though the hospital had more than 300 employees in late 2010.

The hospital is part of Pacific Health Corp., a Los Angeles-based chain that has had several run-ins with law enforcement over the past year. Earlier this month, the California Department of Industrial Relations fined Pacific Health more than $7 million for failing to pay employee wages and forcing employees to wait for payments. Anaheim General was one of the hospitals where wage issues occurred.

In August, the hospital chain agreed to pay $16.5 million to resolve allegations it paid illegal kickbacks in exchange for patients recruited among homeless populations and consequently provided allegedly unnecessary care to those patients.

Anaheim General also had an up-and-down history since 2009. That year, CMS revoked Medicare and Medicaid funding to the hospital after it found Anaheim General failed several quality and safety inspections, including a lack of operating room medication and dirty baby warmers, according to the report.

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