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During the first half of this year, 24 hospitals with 4,088 staffed beds have either closed their doors — partially or entirely — or announced plans to do so, compared with 20 for the same six months last year, according to an Ohio health care consulting firm.
Dynamis Healthcare Advisors of Cleveland said the closure trends this year are similar to those exhibited in 2000. Five of the 2001 closures have been in rural communities, and 19 were urban hospitals. Seven of this year’s closures were for-profit and 17 were not-for-profit facilities.
Geographically, most of this year’s closures were in the Midwest, followed by the East Coast. Ohio led the list of closures with four closures or announcements. At the same time last year, Ohio also led the list with five. Closures to date in 2001, according to the report, have affected 4,203 staffed beds and approximately 13,000 employees. For more information, go to www.dynamis-hc.com.