Walnut Hill Medical Center, which opened in 2014 at Greenville and Walnut Hill, is closed as of June 1. The Dallas Morning News started looking into rumors of the closing earlier last week, after a doctor posted a (since removed, but available on the DMN page) “farewell” letter on Facebook.
Eventually the paper received a statement from the administration:
” … On and after June 1, 2017, we will no longer operate the hospital and will no longer participate in the Medicare Program. The Medicare provider agreement between the hospital and the Secretary of Health and Human Services terminated on June 1, 2017 in accordance with the provisions of the Social Security Act.”
The statement provided no additional information about how many employees or patients were affected by the closing. No hospital executives responded to requests for details.
Prior to the April ’14 opening the press releases were full of optimism regarding the new facility.
“… a group of innovative health care leaders … envisioned a place where health care providers could come together as a community to care for patients and each other. Combining the latest in medical technology with world-class customer service, our founders felt that they could create a special place where they could improve health and enrich lives. The opportunity to develop a brand new hospital comes along once in a lifetime. I’m especially gratified that we’re creating an environment where everyone is empowered to take the best care of patients.”
The “farewell” letter, directed at hospital staff, offered an optimistic, grateful tone. “WHMC is not a place at all. It is within all of you,” it read.
We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
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