Minnesota hospital to close long-term care facility after 60 years

Northfield (Minn.) Hospital will close its 40-bed, long-term care center this October due to staffing and financial challenges, according to an Aug. 7 news release.

The unit was opened as a part of the hospital in 1963 and operated 60 years until this announcement. It is expected to shut its doors Oct. 5. 

"This is a painful decision, but it’s the best decision under difficult circumstances, to keep NH+C strong enough to serve our communities well," Steve Underdahl, the president and CEO of Northfield Hospital and Clinics said in a statement. "An organization can’t sustain ongoing heavy losses and continue to operate effectively."

In 2022, the hospital's net revenue was $119.7 million, but its net expenses were $128.8 million, according to the release. 

Leading up to the anticipated closure date, employees will work to transition care for patients and the system noted in the release it will do what it can to support affected employees. 

Other hospital services will not be affected.

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