|By Richard Locker, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.|
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The hospital's chief executive officer,
"We have a chronic need for emergency medical service," she said.
Southern was not available for comment, his office said, but he wrote in his e-mail that "maintaining a full-service hospital for the current inpatient demand from acute and emergency patients is not sustainable. Changes in admission guidelines have caused a steady decline in patients admitted to our hospital, from 1,300 in 2009 to fewer than 250 in 2013. Emergency room visits have declined, averaging 15 or fewer patients a day over the past few months."
He also cited cuts in federal reimbursements and the state's refusal to expand
"Rural hospitals such as ours are being particularly impacted by new cuts in federal program reimbursement as part of the Affordable Care Act. These cuts were based on more people having insurance, whether through
"The closing of
The hospital said "some employees will be displaced." Matherne said she's not sure how many positions will be cut but that she was told the hospital will work to place employees who lose their jobs in
State House Democratic Minority Leader
Democrats have charged that the state's failure to expand
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