Ellwood City leaders call for hospital ownership change after financial troubles, closure

Ellwood City officials are seeking a change in ownership of the Ellwood City (Pa.) Medical Center after mounting problems led to its shutdown this week, according to The Ellwood City Ledger.

Ellwood City officials blame many of the medical center's troubles on the CEO of its current owner, Florida-based Americore Health, which has owned the community hospital since 2017. Grant White is the CEO.

City officials said they plan to do everything possible to save the hospital but don't think they can if Americore Health remains its owner, according to the report. 

The community hospital closed Dec. 10 and will remain so through the end of the year.

In late November, the state department of health ordered the hospital to cease inpatient and emergency services due to "severe violations of state health law." 

Days after the service shutdown, the hospital laid off 92 of its 171 employees. The layoffs were attributed to a decline in patient hospitalizations, an issue with submitting timely payments and the service shutdown.

The hospital has experienced other financial issues as well. Employees did not receive their paychecks on Dec. 6, the second payroll snag in a row.

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