Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Tennessee hospital closes after falling 94% short of GoFundMe goal

The Copper Basin Medical Center, a critical access hospital in Copperhill, Tennessee, closed on Sunday.

The Copper Basin Medical Center has been in dire financial straits for months. The hospital suspended hospitalization services on May 9 and laid off more than 15 nurses, according to the WRCB.

Officials launched a GoFundMe page earlier this year to help keep the hospital afloat. They hoped to raise $ 100,000 through the campaign, but they fell to about 94% of their goal. On Monday, the hospital received donations of 77 people, totaling $ 5,559.

Copper Basin Medical Center is behind payroll, which means some workers will be waiting for paychecks after being fired, said Dan Johnson Hospital CEO WTVC.

Regarding closure, Johnson told WTVC, "We are a small rural hospital and it's hard for us to adapt to all the changes in health care.

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