Good Shepherd Health System announces hospital closures in Linden
Linden, Texas (KETK) — Good Shepherd Health System has announced that it has notified the Linden Municipal Hospital Authority of their intent to close their Good Shepherd Medical Center.
The closing of the hospital located at 404 North Kaufman in Linden will be effective on April 30, 2014.
The Good Shepherd Medical Associates Family Health Centers, formerly Glenn-Garrett Clinics, in Linden located at 402 North Kaufman and the Hughes Springs location located on 201 East 2nd Street will also close at that time.
The Good Shepherd Health System has owned and operated Good Shepherd in Linden since 2005.
Capital investments have exceeded $6 million, and Good Shepherd has also made a significant investment in time, people and resources to maintain a much improved hospital and emergency room over the past nine years.
Factors leading to this decision include Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement cuts to hospitals, pending loss of Critical Access Hospital status, a two percent cut in Medicare reimbursements due to the federal sequester and low patient usage.
The hospital and clinic closures will result in the loss of approximately 100 jobs.
Since the acquisition of the Linden hospital, GSHS has incurred operating losses totaling more than $12 million.
Average daily patient census have been less than five, and average emergency room visits have been less than one patient per hour.
Patient safety and care remain Good Shepherd's foremost concern during this transition period and emergency room care will continue in Linden through closure.
Following the closure, emergency care will be provided by Christus St. Michael Hospital in Atlanta, Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall, and Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, along with other neighboring healthcare facilities throughout East Texas.