HART­SELLE, Ala.

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— Hart­selle Med­i­cal Cen­ter will close its doors Jan. 31, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from its par­ent com­pany, Franklin, Tenn.-based Capella Health­care. Capella cited a num­ber of prob­lems that have plagued the strug­gling 76-bed hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing lo­ca­tion in an over-bed­ded county, poor re­im­burse­ment and pa­tients who in­creas­ingly choose to seek care in neigh­bor­ing com­mu­ni­ties. Hart­selle Med­i­cal Cen­ter treats fewer than eight med­i­cal-sur­gi­cal pa­tients on av­er­age each day, ac­cord­ing to the an­nounce­ment. “This was an ex­tremely tough de­ci­sion that came af­ter ex­plor­ing a num­ber of op­tions for the fu­ture of the hos­pi­tal,” Mark Med­ley, pres­i­dent of the hos­pi­tal divi­sion of Capella Health­care, said in the state­ment. “But the ex­treme chal­lenges of health­care re­form, a weak econ­omy and the tough­est re­im­burse­ment cli­mate in the na­tion here in Alabama have be­come in­sur­mount­able dy­nam­ics.” The move comes less than two weeks af­ter Capella fi­nal­ized the sale of 120-bed Park­way Med­i­cal Cen­ter, De­catur, Ala., to 820-bed Hun­stville (Ala.) Hos­pi­tal for $17.5 mil­lion. The in­vestor-owned com­pany said it also tried un­suc­cess­fully to find a buyer for Hart­selle Med­i­cal Cen­ter. “De­spite our best ef­forts, we’ve not been able to iden­tify a part­ner will­ing to buy and con­tinue to oper­ate the hos­pi­tal,” Med­ley said in the re­lease. “We con­tinue to be hope­ful that a new owner might come forth and would be very open to talk­ing with any­one who is in­ter­ested.” Capella says it plans to hold job fairs for Hart­selle Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s 136 em­ploy­ees.

Poor re­im­burse­ment and other prob­lems have plagued Hart­selle Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

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