More hospitals continue to cut inpatient care

The following is an excerpt from Becker’s Healthcare Review.

Several hospitals are scaling back or cutting all inpatient services for a variety of reasons, including cost and staffing concerns. 

  • St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland, part of Sisters of Charity Health System, will end inpatient and emergency department care in November and transition into an ambulatory care provider. Sisters of Charity Health System President and CEO Janice Murphy said the hospital is facing financial pressure, and the reduction in services will put the facility on a path toward a more stable financial position.
  • Davis Regional Medical, a 146-bed hospital in Statesville, N.C., will eliminate most patient services, including acute inpatient care, by the end of the year as it transitions to a specialty hospital focused on inpatient behavioral healthcare. 
  • Froedtert Kenosha (Wis.) Hospital is closing its emergency department and ending acute inpatient services by Oct. 1. The hospital’s emergency department will be converted into an urgent care center, and acute inpatient services will be shifted to Froedtert Pleasant Prairie (Wis.) Hospital. After the transition, Froedtert Kenosha Hospital will provide inpatient and outpatient mental health and inpatient rehabilitation services. 
  • Cleveland-based University Hospitals is scaling back care at two hospitals and consolidating services. The health system ended inpatient, surgical and emergency services at UH Bedford (Ohio) Medical Center and UH Richmond Medical Center in Richmond Heights, Ohio, on Aug. 12. The health system attributed the changes to a staffing shortage.
  • Community Hospital North in Indianapolis, part of Community Health Network, will end inpatient pediatric and pediatric intensive care unit services by Oct. 28. The hospital cited evolving care demands as the reasoning behind the move.

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