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Edward White Hospital – St. Petersburg, Florida

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Edward-White-HospitalRecent years have seen a marked decline in inpatient admissions across the United States, and Edward White Hospital is the latest facility to feel the effects of these reduced numbers.

After nearly forty years serving the people of St. Petersburg, Florida, the hospital is set to shut down on November 24, 2014. Hospital CEO Sharon Hayes points to changes in the way today’s insurers pay for care, coupled with advances in medical science and technology that now allow many procedures to be performed without an overnight stay. Continued upkeep of the hospital building and grounds also played an important role in the decision.

“Despite the capital improvements we have made to the facility, the operational expense on our aging physical structure continues to increase.  In this era where healthcare is migrating to the outpatient setting, we are seeing a significant rise in unoccupied licensed hospital beds throughout the region,” said Hayes.

Offering 162 beds, Edward White Hospital lost over $1 million in 2012, and incurred an operating deficit of nearly $5.5 million last year. Corporately owned by HCA West Florida, the decision to close was considered the best use of existing resources, as clinical operations will now be consolidated between sister facilities Northside Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital.

It is projected that most Edward White employees will be offered similar positions with these nearby HCA hospitals.

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Posted: October 21, 2014

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