Greenwood Leflore Hospital delays resumption of inpatient operations

Greenwood Leflore Hospital will delay resuming inpatient operations even after cleanup efforts related to a sewage leak have ended, hospital officials said Thursday.

Officials cited the hospital’s precarious financial situation as the cause of the closure.

“The hospital continues to be on diversion and is temporarily delaying the reopening of inpatient services,” the press release read. “Further analysis is needed to determine, given labor shortages and higher labor costs, how we can continue to operate while remaining viable until a lease expires. be finalized.”

Hospital officials did not immediately respond to questions about the number of employees affected by the closure of inpatient services.

The hospital said it had received approval from the Mississippi State Health Department for repairs to the underground crawl space that sewage seeped into earlier this week, and that it was now sure to resume normal activities.

Clinics inside the hospital are reopening and outpatient services, including surgeries, lab tests and X-ray tests, have resumed.

On Monday, clogged manholes forced sewage into the crawl space under the hospital. As a result, at least 17 patients were transferred to six other hospitals in Mississippi and one hospital in Arkansas. At least 16 patients have been discharged.

Despite the sewer problem, the hospital continued to operate its labor and delivery unit, emergency department, and clinics located outside of the main hospital building.

The hospital, which is jointly owned by Leflore County and the City of Greenwood, laid off 30 people in May to make up for losses during the pandemic. He announced in June that he in talks with the University of Mississippi Medical Center into a joint operating agreement.

“GLH began the process of finding affiliate partners as the hospital emerged from the Delta and Omicron waves of the pandemic,” the hospital said in a June statement. Press release. “Affiliation, especially with a larger system like UMMC, the only academic medical center and largest hospital in the state, can result in cost savings that are necessary to achieve long-term sustainable operations. “

UMMC declined to comment on the potential lease agreement.

The 208-bed facility is one of the largest employers in Leflore County with 770 employees.

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