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Sturgis Hospital Closing Home Health Service
Saturday Nov 03, 2018 9:22am
Sturgis, MI

By: Mike Stiles


(STURGIS) – Sturgis Hospital is closing their Home Health Service.

In a media release, Hospital President and CEO Rob LaBarge says the Home Health Service will close effective December 31, 2018. Patients will have options for care from other agencies providing services within St. Joseph County.

LaBarge says while Home Health Service is closing, Hospice will remain open.

LaBarge says the Hospital continues to experience significant financial difficulties. Over the past 18 months, reimbursements received from Medicare, Medicaid and other insurers have not kept pace with the increase in costs seen at the Hospital.

LaBarge says they continue to close non profitable departments and are having to look at every facet of the operation for savings to help weather this decrease in activity and decreasing payments.

The cost of wages and benefits accounts for over 50 percent of the total cost of the operation according to LaBarge. In addition increases in supply and drug costs continue to rise. He says unfortunately, past changes have not been enough to keep pace with the continued reduction in other revenue.

LaBarge says the Hospital Board and Administration are committed to taking steps to create a more stable financial situation and to ensure that Sturgis Hospital is here to serve the community.

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