Tara Hospital, Brownsville, Pa., surrendered its provisional hospital license and closed its doors over the weekend, citing financial problems and a deteriorating relationship with employees. Harry Cancelmi took over the role of chief executive officer from Gary Gosai, an investor in the 51-bed hospital. Cancelmi said in a statement that the decision to close was made soon after the CMS notified Tara officials late last year that the hospital might lose its Medicare certification Jan. 13. Tara submitted a 90-day notice of closure to the state last week and transferred fewer then 20 patients out of its facility over the weekend, a state Health Department spokesman said. Cancelmi said one of his immediate tasks was to begin the application for a new license and "see if there is a way, during this respite, to restart the efforts that were begun by the Brownsville community." Formerly Brownsville General Hospital, Tara was bought by a local medical group last year and converted to for-profit. The hospital had lost about $1 million in each of the previous five years, according to news reports at the time. -- by Cinda Becker
Pa. hospital abruptly closes, citing financial woes
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