Vanguard Health Systems, Nashville, said it will shut down the emergency room at 195-bed Phoenix Memorial Health System just one year after purchasing the hospital. Vanguard plans to build on Phoenix Memorial's heart program and add surgical services in specialties such as orthopedics, urology and gynecology, a spokesman said. The conversion would not require a major capital outlay. An urgent- and primary-care clinic will be built south of Phoenix Memorial to replace the emergency room. The clinic, which will be closer to the residential neighborhoods that were served by the emergency room, could have handled more than 80% of the hospital's emergency-room visits, Vanguard said. The company needs state approval to make the changes and has set no target date for completing the project. --by Vince Galloro
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