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5 Hospitals That Closed Their Doors in 2010

Here are five hospitals that closed in 2010, in order from most to least recent.

1. Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Md. Washington County Hospital moved its services and patients to Meritus Medical Center on Dec. 12, closing the doors of a facility that opened in 1905. Meritus Medical Center will continue to draw patients from Frederick County and will be better-equipped to deal with emergencies. Meritus Medical Center has paperless, wireless technology throughout the hospital and contains 341 beds. As of yet there are no plans for the old building.  

2. Lakeside Hospital at Bastrop in Bastrop, Texas. Lakeside Hospital at Bastrop closed abruptly in late Nov. 2010. The 15-bed rural hospital was owned by Blackhawk Healthcare, which acquired the facility in July 2009. No reason for the closing was offered by the hospital, and hospital patients are now being referred to Smithville (Texas) Regional Hospital.

3. North General Hospital in Harlem, N.Y.
North General Hospital closed its doors on July 2, allowing nearby hospitals and new clinics to pick up its patients. The hospital saw 36,000 annual visits to its emergency room and housed 200 beds. A large, government-subsidized walk-in clinic moved into the hospital building immediately to provide care for Harlem residents. North General was around $200 million in debt and had regularly reported losses since its inception in 1979.

4. St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan in New York City. The board of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers voted in April 2010 to close its flagship hospital in Greenwich Village. The hospital's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing showed liabilities of more than $1 billion, following a long battle to turn around the hospital's failing finances. The parent company of the hospital is currently seeking approval from a bankruptcy judge to sell the Manhattan campus, a sale that could cause controversy in the community if the building is not used to house a hospital.

5. Braddock General Hospital in Braddock, Pa. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center closed Braddock General on Jan. 31, 2010, despite protests from residents who were concerned about losing local access to care. UPMC said it had been losing $4-$12 million a year on the hospital, due in part to declining admissions. The hospital opened in 1906 and was acquired by UPMC in 1996.

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