Beset by money woes, Crittenden hospital to close
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) - Officials say the Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis will stop admitting patients Monday and close down permanently on Sept. 7.
The hospital says it's faced financial troubles caused by a drop in patients and reimbursements. Officials also cited several physician departures and two recent fires that damaged the facility as reasons for the closure.
Hospital CEO Gene Cashman says the fire that shut down the hospital for six weeks this summer "derailed" a recently approved plan for the facility's future. Voters in June had approved a 1 percent sales tax increase to help the hospital, but Cashman says that tax will not be collected.
The hospital says its home health and hospice services will also cease operations on Sept. 5.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.