Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati plans to close its emergency room Jan. 11, 2010. The struggling hospital in 2008 worked with a group of physician investors toward restructuring as a for-profit enterprise (Print subscription required) with 40% physician ownership, but the plan fizzled. The hospital lost $12 million in 2008, according to the American Hospital Directory.
Cincinnati hospital to close emergency room
In an announcement posted to its Web site, Deaconess said the hospital “is in the process of restructuring inpatient services to accommodate patients who need to stay overnight for shorter periods.” The hospital will continue to provide a variety of outpatient services, including urgent care, cardiac imaging and interventions, laboratory work and ambulatory surgery. It also will maintain its mental health program for seniors, which includes both inpatient and outpatient care. Regency Hospital Co. will continue to operate a long-term acute-care hospital on one floor of the facility.
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