Terrell hospital closes amid government scrutiny

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 4:32 PM

TERRELL, Texas (AP) — A North Texas hospital has closed amid regulatory questions over care after two patients died and failure to pay more than $425,000 in property taxes.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday halted federal funding for Renaissance Hospital in Terrell (TEHR'-uhl), a city of nearly 16,000 located 30 miles east of Dallas.

The hospital owner, Dr. Tariq Mahmood, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Several government entities have tax claims against the 102-bed hospital that was operated in a building leased from Terrell. All 150 employees lost their jobs Tuesday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services last month began the process to revoke the hospital's license and cited the recent deaths of two patients for alleged care failures. Specifics on the patients weren't immediately available.

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