Corcoran District Hospital in California Closes ER, Lays Off 25

Corcoran (Calif.) District Hospital is in dire financial straits, as the 32-bed hospital has closed its emergency room and will no longer accept new inpatients, according to a Fresno Bee report.

Corcoran District Hospital CEO Jonathan Brenn told the Fresno Bee the public hospital will try to earn state approval to turn the ER into an urgent care clinic, which would allow it to take patients again.

The closure of the ER resulted in 25 layoffs. Corcoran District Hospital previously laid off 19 employees in February.

Mr. Brenn said the hospital is struggling financially because the Corcoran State Prison reduced the number of prisoners who would have surgery, a lost source of revenue he called a "death blow to the hospital."

The hospital's immediate future is in jeopardy, though it had discussed a possible affiliation or merger with Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health in late 2011.

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