Because of cuts to Medicaid, Hospital officials say they were forced into bankruptcy last year. A private investment company then agreed to buy it in order to build a new regional health care system, and for a short time, they kept hospital doors open and ran an urgent care clinic here.
But then the company closed that too, and now some residents fear the worst is yet to come.
This is the area where an ambulance would drop off a patient in an emergency, but as you can see, the sign says the hospital is closed. One local doctor says sometimes when patients can’t come here; they walk across the street and come here to his office looking for help.
“We sent two people out with chest pain, one we knew was having an MI or a heart attack, and the other, we suspected it was,” said Dr. Dale Padgett.
Dr. Padgett has been running this small practice in Bamberg for 29 years, and he says it was hard to prepare for something like this.
“We will always do the best we can, but it’s not an emergency room,” he said.
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