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Cash-strapped California hospital to close ER, become long-term care facility

Sebastopol, Calif.-based Sonoma West Medical Center is facing a financial crisis and plans to eliminate some services to avoid closure, according to the Sonoma West Times & News.

The hospital, which is owned by the Palm Drive Health Care District, was facing closure earlier this year, but officials have taken steps in recent months to keep the facility open, including launching a fundraising campaign.

In addition, Palm Drive Health Care District board members voted unanimously this week to move forward with a plan to end short-term inpatient care at the hospital and close the facility's emergency room. Under the plan, which was proposed by Modesto, Calif.-based American Advanced Management Group, Sonoma West Medical Center would transition to a long-term acute care hospital with an urgent care facility.

The healthcare district will quickly work through negotiations with American Advanced Management Group and come back with a contract for approval by Aug. 10, according to the report.

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