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California hospital to end inpatient care, close ER

Sebastopol, Calif.-based Sonoma West Medical Center has entered an agreement with Modesto, Calif.-based American Advanced Management Group, under which the hospital will eliminate some services, according to the Sonoma West Times & News.

Sonoma West Medical Center, which is owned by the Palm Drive Health Care District, faced closure earlier this year, and staff projected the facility would run out of money by the end of August. However, the 10-year agreement with AAMG will allow the facility to remain open.

Under the agreement, which the Palm Drive Healthcare District approved Aug. 17, Sonoma West Medical Center will end short-term inpatient care and close its emergency room. The facility will transition to a long-term acute care hospital with an urgent care facility.

Although it will take up to eight months for AAMG to obtain the documents to open the urgent care center, Sonoma West Medical Center can transition to a long-term care facility under its current license, according to the report.

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