Apr 14, 2016 12:36 PM by News Staff
It is written in stone, Colusa Regional Medical Center will be closing its doors April 22.
The entire hospital, including the emergency room, will be closed indefinitely. Word came Wednesday as emergency responders and others from the medical community met to brainstorm ideas on how to deal with the situation.
It's a harsh reality, but the writing has been on the wall.
Now residents in the Colusa area in need of medical attention will have to deal with longer waits for ambulance transport.
Colusa Fire Department will act as first responders and perform basic life support until further help arrives.
The closure came about when the hospital suffered a $4.8 milllion loss for the fiscal year ending in March of 2015, too big of a blow to recover from.
What the hospital owes outweighs what the hospital is making.
And 222 full time positions will be lost.
“Anytime you lose a hospital in the county, that is definitely a concern that you have to look at,” said John Poland with Sierra-Sacramento EMS. “Colusa Regional saw a little over 7,000 patients in their emergency room last year so the question is those patients have to go somewhere else. So that clearly will have an impact on our other hospitals in our ems region as well.”
The hospital is a 48 bed facility. The closest hospitals will now be in Willows, Gridley, Chico or Marysville.
Colusa regional has struggled financially for some time it came to a head when a hospital board member helped make payroll for employees.
The good news is there are talks underway with prospective buyers for the hospital but that could take months.
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