5 hospitals temporarily, permanently closing services because of staffing shortages

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Five hospitals recently announced they are temporarily or permanently closing services as staffing problems persist during the COVID-19 pandemic:

1. New York hospital temporarily closes ED over staffing shortages
Mount Sinai South Nassau said it is temporarily closing the freestanding Long Beach (N.Y.) Emergency Department beginning Nov. 22 because of nursing staff shortages caused by the state COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

2. Tower Health to temporarily close urgent care centers on Sundays
West Reading, Pa.-based Tower Health will temporarily close its urgent care centers on Sundays starting Nov. 28 because of staffing shortages, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Nov. 19.

3. ED service to remain closed at Catholic Health Orchard Park center amid staffing shortages
Catholic Health's Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (N.Y.) will keep the emergency department at the Mercy Ambulatory Care Center in Orchard Park, N.Y., closed for the next several weeks, the health system announced Nov. 18.

4. New York hospital closes 124 beds amid nursing shortage
Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., has temporarily closed 124 beds because of a nursing shortage, according to CNYCentral.

5. California hospital expedites ED closure plan
Community Hospital Long Beach (Calif.) is shutting down its emergency department earlier than planned because of staffing shortages, the hospital announced Nov. 16.

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