East Texas hospital to close as losses mount

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM

LINDEN, Texas (AP) — An East Texas hospital will close after its parent company incurred more than $12 million in operating losses since it acquired the facility nine years ago.

Good Shepherd Health System on Monday announced the closing of Good Shepherd Medical Center Linden. The 25-bed hospital is about 150 miles east of Dallas. Two health centers owned by Good Shepherd, one in Linden and the other in nearby Hughes Springs, also will close by the end of April.

About 100 employees will lose their jobs.

The Longview News-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1hcg4aP ) that Longview-based Good Shepherd runs other medical centers in Longview and Marshall. Another hospital operates northeast of Linden in Atlanta.

The Linden hospital averages fewer than five patients occupying its beds, and only about one person per hour visits the emergency room.

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Information from: Longview News-Journal, http://www.news-journal.com

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