Hospital in eastern Kentucky set to close by September

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — A hospital in eastern Kentucky and several other care sites will be shutting down later this year, officials announced Tuesday.

Bon Secours Health System said it will end acute and outpatient care in the Ashland and Tri-State communities by the end of September 2020, leading to the closure of Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, news outlets reported. Several system-owned care sites and its physician network, Bellefonte Physician Services will also close.

Bon Secours said the company has tried to sustain operations but the area has multiple facilities "competing for the same patients, providers and services."

“We take the responsibility that comes with this decision very seriously, and we do not go into it lightly," the statement said.

Our Lady of Bellefonte has more than 1,000 employees. Interim Hospital President Jason Asic said they are working with employees to identify new job opportunities or different careers.

Providers will work with their patients individually to ensure a smooth continuity of care, Bon Secours said.

Rep. Danny Bentley of Russell said the hospital closure is “devastating news for our community.” He said he has asked Governor Andy Beshear’s office to help keep the hospital open.

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