Small hospitals face big challenges
from U-T San Diego
In a way, it is remarkable that Fallbrook Hospital in California held on as long as it did. The financial pressures that will ultimately close the 47-bed facility on Nov. 17 have forced nearly 100 other hospitals in California out of business since 1996. Recently, facing continued losses that reached nearly $6 million in 2013, the Fallbrook Healthcare District’s board of directors opted to cease admitting patients and instead align with Palomar Health and Tri-City Medical Center, both public health districts, to offer a range of outpatient services in the community.
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