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7 recent hospital ward, unit closures and service terminations

Numerous healthcare organizations recently shut down medical units and services to shore up finances, focus on more in-demand services or improve patient care lapses.

Here are seven hospitals and health systems that have closed units or ceased medical services temporarily or permanently in the past month reported by Becker's Hospital Review.

1. Nashville General to end inpatient care
Nashville (Tenn.) Mayor Megan Barry announced Nov. 9 Nashville General Hospital will end all inpatient services and transition to an ambulatory surgical care center providing only outpatient services.

2. Colorado hospital to close obstetrics unit, NICU — affecting 35 jobs
Pueblo, Colo.-based St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center will close its obstetrics and neonatal intensive care units Dec. 15, directly contradicting an announcement made last in September.   

3. Michigan hospital to close 2 clinics, cut 13.9 FTEs
Sturgis (Mich.) Hospital plans to close its Pain Management Center and Wound Clinic, and reduce staff by 13.9 full-time equivalent positions.

4. Sentara to cease services at North Carolina medical center
Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara will cease services at Sentara Kitty Hawk (N.C.) on Dec. 15.

5. UPMC Bedford Memorial to end inpatient dialysis services
Everett, Pa.-based UPMC Bedford Memorial no longer offers inpatient dialysis services as of late October.

6. New York hospital temporarily cancels ER services after water main break
A water main break Nov. 1 caused Rochester (N.Y.) General Hospital, a 528-bed facility, to temporarily suspend emergency room services.

7. 2 Michigan hospitals cancel surgeries, transfer patients due to water main break
A water main break Oct. 9 left Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich., and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Bloomfield Township, Mich., without water service, temporarily canceling surgeries.

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