Only emer­gency room closes in Tate County, Mis­sis­sippi

Starkville Daily News - - BUSINESS -

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — A county in north­ern Mis­sis­sippi is now with­out a hospi­tal emer­gency room.

WREG-TV re­ports that North Oak Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Tate County closed its emer­gency room Thurs­day.

Hospi­tal CEO Philip Hanna says 500 to 600 pa­tients a month had been us­ing the emer­gency room in Senatobia. But he says the hospi­tal has been los­ing about $100,000 a month since ear­lier this year, when the fed­eral Medi­care pro­gram be­gan re­duc­ing the amount it was re­im­burs­ing the hospi­tal for care.

The clos­est emer­gency rooms to Senatobia are now are in Batesville, which is 24 miles (39 kilo­me­ters) to the south, or Southaven, which is 27 miles (43 kilo­me­ters) to the north.

Hospi­tal ex­ec­u­tives did not im­me­di­ately re­turn calls from The As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day.

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