Dallas Southwest Medical Center, a not-for-profit hospital in a working-class neighborhood, shut its doors this week. The hospital is licensed to operate 107 beds but ran a census of just 20 to 25 patients before the closure, said MaryAnn Aelmans-Digman, a consultant who was hired to run its remaining operations. She said the hospital has lost money continuously since it was acquired by a community foundation in 2000 from Nashville-based HCA, which also lost money on it. She said the losses accelerated this year, and the hospital was not certain to meet its next payroll. The hospital's board is looking for a capital partner to help reopen the hospital, she said. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
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