Massachusetts hospital to close in 2020

Union Hospital in Lynn, Mass., will close by May 2020, about eight months later than its expected closure in October 2019, according to CBS Boston.

After the closure, the city of Lynn — which is about a 30-minute drive from Boston — will no longer have a hospital.

In June 2015, Union Hospital's parent company, Boston-based Partners HealthCare, announced it would close Union Hospital to consolidate services in the North Shore region. The closure is part of Partners' restructuring efforts. As part of the restructuring, inpatient services at the Union Hospital campus will be consolidated at its sister facility, North Shore Medical Center Salem (Mass.) Hospital.

Salem Hospital will undergo renovations as part of the restructuring efforts, including expanded emergency room services.

In a statement to CBS Boston, NSMC said: "North Shore Medical Center is significantly expanding not only in emergency care but also in behavioral health and other services in order to provide a healthcare facility better tailored to today's patients and their needs. These expansions, coupled with robust contingency options for peak periods, will ensure that patients in all of our communities continue to have access to high-quality care well into the future."

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