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Bankrupt Kentucky hospital gets lifeline after halting inpatient services

Glasgow, Ky.-based T.J. Regional Health has completed its $3.35 million acquisition of Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia, Ky., which ceased inpatient services earlier this month, according to the Glasgow Daily Times.

Westlake Regional was previously owned and operated by the Adair County Public Hospital Corp. and the Adair County Hospital District, which each filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in July 2013. The hospital remained operational after the bankruptcy filing, but it was financially distressed.

T.J. Regional and Westlake Regional began negotiations last October. A few weeks ago, just before the official takeover occurred, Westlake Regional stopped admitting patients. With the transaction completed, Westlake is now T.J. Health Columbia, and although it is possible the facility will offer inpatient services in the future, that isn't a goal, T.J. Regional Health President and CEO Bud Wethington told the Glasgow Daily Times.

"The immediate need is to focus on core services, improving facilities and the most efficient use of resources," said Mr. Wethington.

Although the facility is no longer taking inpatient admissions, the emergency room and several other components of care have continued, according to the report.

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