Apr 5, 2016 11:38 AM by News Staff
Colusa Regional Medical Center announced Monday that they will be shutting down on April 22.
The move is estimated to leave 200 employees out of a job and residents in the county having to travel much farther for emergency medical care.
State records show the hospital lost about $4.8 million at the end of the last fiscal year.
Now, the closest hospitals will be in Marysville, Yuba City and Willows.
Home health programs and three outpatients will also be shuttered despite an average of about 700 patient visits per month.
Colusa Regional Medical Center CEO Wayne Allen said despite its popularity and convenience, revenues were just not high enough to keep the medical center viable.
"Many hospitals have what's called tax support from the county, to support themselves from the loss, we don't have that,” he said. “We don't get any tax support and therefore is all upon patient revenue and there's just not enough patient revenue."
Allen said he's working with five potential buyers for the hospital and discussing terms in hopes of reopening the facility, but that could take months.
Meanwhile, community meetings are being scheduled with patients next week to talk about their options.
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