The state is seeking an injunction to prevent Winsted (Conn.) Memorial Hospital from closing its acute-care unit without court approval.
In a lawsuit filed this month in state Superior Court, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said the hospital's board of directors does not have the authority to end inpatient care without court consent.
The charter of Winsted Memorial and state law requires that the assets of the hospital be used for the purpose of maintaining a hospital, including the provision of acute care, Blumenthal said.
Winsted's board last month voted to close inpatient services by Sept. 30. The average census at the facility has dropped to 9.5 patients per day.
The hospital has been the subject of an intense local debate, with activists mounting a vocal campaign to continue acute-care services (July 29, p. 14; Sept. 2, p. 22).