Hospital to become community health clinic

From the WC Messenger:

Wise Regional Health System will convert its Bridgeport campus to an urgent care/ambulatory surgery center Jan. 1.

The change, which will shut down the emergency room, was discussed at Monday evening’s at a hospital board meeting and announced to employees Tuesday.

It was just a little more than two years ago, on Nov. 8, 2012, that North Texas Community Hospital in Bridgeport declared bankruptcy. The hospital, which opened in 2008, had been in default on $59.1 million in bonded debt for several years.

After submitting the only bid, Wise Regional bought the hospital in federal bankruptcy court for $20 million and took ownership March 24, 2013. It reopened May 7 as Wise Regional Bridgeport – a fully-staffed, fully-licensed inpatient hospital.

After continuing to absorb steep losses, they closed down the medical/surgical inpatient unit and the ICU last December, leaving only the ER and outpatient services in operation.

The latest move will close the ER and convert the facility to an urgent-care clinic, staffed by nurse-practitioners and operated under Wise Clinical Care Associates.

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