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During the first half of this year 24 hospitals with 4,088 staffed beds have either closed their doors — partially or entirely — or announced plans to do so, compared with 20 for the same six months last year, according to Dynamis Healthcare Advisors. The Cleveland-based health care consulting firm said in a report that this year’s closure trends are similar to those seen in 2000. Of closures in 2001, five have been in rural communities, and 19 were urban hospitals. Seven closures were for-profit facilities, and 17 were not-for profit facilities.
Geographically, most of this year’s closures were in the Midwest, followed by the East Coast. Ohio led the list of closures with four closures or announcements. At the same time last year, Ohio also led the list, with five. Closures to date in 2001, according to the report, have affected 4,203 staffed beds and approximately 13,000 employees. For more information from the Dynamis report, go to www.dynamis-hc.com.