Nebraska hospital closes transitional care unit due to nursing shortage

CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, Neb., has closed its transitional care unit after struggling to fill open nursing positions, according to NTV.

Good Samaritan CEO Michael Schnieders told NTV it was a difficult decision to close the transitional care unit, which provided short-term skilled nursing care, rehabilitation and end-of-life care.

Although it was licensed for 22 beds, only 16 patients at a time could receive care in the unit due to the nursing shortage, according to the report.

Mr. Schnieders told NTV many hospitals across the country no longer provide skilled nursing care within their facilities. 

"At one time, hospitals across the nation provided skilled nursing care within their walls," he said. "Now, it's rare to see that type of care offered in the hospital setting."

Good Samaritan is exploring partnerships with other facilities in the region that provide transitional care services, according to the report.

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