SSM Health Care's 146-bed St. Michael Hospital, Oklahoma City, will cease to operate as a general acute-care hospital tonight, completing its transition to a psychiatric treatment center for geriatric patients. The hospital will become a campus of its sister facility, 430-bed St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. About 75 beds will be devoted to psychiatric care for elderly people suffering from dementia, depression and other mental-health problems. Cynthia Archiniaco, a St. Michael spokeswoman, said several factors, including stiff competition in the Oklahoma City market and a severe nursing shortage, made it impossible for the hospital to continue operating as a general acute-care facility. -- by Michael Romano
Okla. hospital to convert to geriatric-care center
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