North Carolina hospital unexpectedly closes

Yadkin Valley Community Hospital in Yadkinville, N.C., closed May 22 with little notice from hospital administrators, and county officials are now reaching out to the state to help it reopen, according to a Winston-Salem Journal report.

Yadkin County owns the building the hospital operates out of, but privately owned HMC/CAH, based in Kansas City, Mo., leases and operates the facility.

HMC/CAH is scheduled to run the hospital until July 31, and the facility's unexpected closure "has been stressful for residents, patients and the hospital's employees," Yadkin County Commission Chairman Kevin Austin told WFDD.

The reason for the hospital closure is still unclear. However, one reason appears to be HMC/CAH's lack of "ability and willingness" to pay the county rent on the hospital operations and an additional amount for indigent care, according to the report.

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