ViaHealth of Wayne will shut down six-bed Myers Community Hospital, Sodus, N.Y., on Jan. 3 and move operations 15 miles south to 255-bed Newark Wayne Community Hospital in Newark, N.Y. The action, which cuts the system's hospital holdings to two, marks the second hospital closure in less than two years for Rochester, N.Y.-based ViaHealth. In 2001, ViaHealth shuttered Genesee Hospital in Rochester. The New York Department of Health this week approved the Myers closure contingent on ambulance service continuing for 90 days after the closing of the emergency room and a long-term plan to assure that ambulance service remains available to the community. ViaHealth officials announced the plans in November, citing low patient usage and mounting financial losses. Myers averaged one patient admission per day over the last two years and the facility was projected to lose more than $1.5 million this year, officials said. Over the last five years, ViaHealth pumped $9.2 million into Myers to offset losses, according to officials. -- by Cinda Becker
ViaHealth to close small N.Y. hospital
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