Waltham (Mass.) Hospital is expected to close July 29 after its board voted to begin closing proceedings. The decision follows a yearlong battle to preserve the 159-bed hospital, which was targeted for closure in June 2002 by its former parent, CareGroup, Boston. The troubled hospital, at one point losing more than $1 million a month, was subsequently taken over by the community-based Coalition to Save Waltham Hospital. Officials said efforts to reduce expenses, create programs and recruit doctors over the past year did not sustain the needed volume. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, will assume operation of the cancer care center on the hospital grounds and the closure will not affect a medical office building also on campus. Hospital officials said they are exploring proposals from area providers to offer urgent care services to replace the existing emergency room care and ways to continue to provide healthcare services on the site. The hospital survived for the past year with the help of $8.5 million from the sale of its 18.5-acre campus and buildings to a local real estate developer and $2 million in emergency state aid. -- by Cinda Becker
Mass. hospital to close after yearlong struggle
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