health facility closure


Summary: The closing of any health facility, e.g., health centers, residential facilities, and hospitals.

Top Publications

  1. Liu L, Hader J, Brossart B, White R, Lewis S. Impact of rural hospital closures in Saskatchewan, Canada. Soc Sci Med. 2001;52:1793-804 pubmed
    ..It requires creative approaches to the provision of primary care, good emergency services, and good communication with the public on the intent and outcomes of change. ..
  2. Petrucka P, Wagner P. Community perception of rural hospital conversion/closure: re-conceptualising as a critical incident. Aust J Rural Health. 2003;11:249-53 pubmed
    ..Finally, the conversion/closure of a rural hospital is considered within this re-conceptualised 'critical incident' definition. ..
  3. Barnett R, Barnett P. "If you want to sit on your butts you'll get nothing!" Community activism in response to threats of rural hospital closure in southern New Zealand. Health Place. 2003;9:59-71 pubmed
    ..Given the common political and economic context, these local factors proved important in determining which communities successfully retained hospital services. ..
  4. Iglesias A, Iglesias S, Arnold D. Birth in Bella Bella: emergence and demise of a rural family medicine birthing service. Can Fam Physician. 2010;56:e233-40 pubmed
    ..Bella Bella provided safe and comprehensive maternity care until, in the context of an insufficient supply of family medicine generalists trained in anesthesia, surgery, and maternity care, the service closed. ..
  5. Lovern E. VA announces capital program. Mod Healthc. 2002;32:12-3 pubmed
  6. Madamala K, Campbell C, Hsu E, Hsieh Y, James J. Characteristics of physician relocation following Hurricane Katrina. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2007;1:21-6 pubmed publisher
    ..Programs designed to address identified physician needs in the aftermath of the storm may give confidence to displaced physicians to return. ..
  7. Walsh K, Kastner T. The Hissom closure in Oklahoma: errors and interpretation problems in Conroy et al. (2003). Ment Retard. 2006;44:353-69 pubmed
  8. Cutler D, Scott Morton F. Hospitals, market share, and consolidation. JAMA. 2013;310:1964-70 pubmed publisher
  9. Galloro V, Taylor M. Deal or no deal? Major for-profits buy and decide; one closes hospital. Mod Healthc. 2006;36:18-9 pubmed

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  1. Alfano M. Dental education: one dean's perspective. J Am Coll Dent. 2001;68:8-12 pubmed
  2. Verrinder J. Raising revenue from used equipment. Health Estate. 2007;61:37-9 pubmed
  3. Healy P. Political persuasion. Nurs Stand. 2002;16:18-9 pubmed
  4. Nazarko L, Lishman G. Will national minimum standards force nursing homes to close?. Nurs Times. 2002;98:18 pubmed
  5. Rodríguez Vázquez E. [The Medical Association of Puerto Rico]. Bol Asoc Med P R. 2004;96:4-5 pubmed
  6. Debong B. [Closure of the surgical department--shut down despite assumption of personnel and equipment by neighboring hospital?]. Chirurg. 2006;Suppl:212-4 pubmed
  7. Sullivan P. ALARA considerations for the whole body neutron irradiation facility source removal project at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Health Phys. 2006;90:S18-23 pubmed
    ..The planning and the administrative as well as engineering controls put in place enabled personnel to safely remove and encapsulate the sources while keeping exposure as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). ..
  8. Gottlieb S. US commercial scanning clinics are closing down. BMJ. 2005;330:272 pubmed
  9. Forrest E. NHS activists. Health's angels. Health Serv J. 2005;115:28-31 pubmed
  10. Kleinpeter M. Rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast--lessons learned to strengthen nation's healthcare. Response to Ferdinand's "public health and Hurricane Katrina". J Natl Med Assoc. 2006;98:814-5; author reply 815-6 pubmed
  11. Gould M. No closure on campaigns to save cottage hospitals. Health Serv J. 2006;116:14-5 pubmed
  12. Bazzoli G, Lee W, Hsieh H, MOBLEY L. The effects of safety net hospital closures and conversions on patient travel distance to hospital services. Health Serv Res. 2012;47:129-50 pubmed publisher
    ..Policy makers may need to pay special attention to these patient subgroups and also to easing transportation barriers when dealing with disruptions resulting from reductions in SNH resources. ..
  13. Nicholson S, Song D. The incentive effects of the Medicare indirect medical education policy. J Health Econ. 2001;20:909-33 pubmed
    ..We find that teaching hospitals did hire residents and close beds in response to the Medicare policy, but did not increase Medicare admissions or alter their use of registered nurses (RNs). ..
  14. Becker C. Full speed ahead on Berger. Many recommendations ahead of schedule. Mod Healthc. 2007;37:14 pubmed
  15. Conroy J, Spreat S, Yuskauskas A, Elks M. The Hissom closure outcomes study: a report on six years of movement to supported living. Ment Retard. 2003;41:263-75 pubmed
    ..We noted concern regarding health care, where there was a need for easier access to health professionals in community settings. ..
  16. Nunneley S, Webb J. Aerospace medicine at Brooks AFB, TX: hail and farewell. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2011;82:567-70 pubmed
  17. Wollina U. A letter from Dresden. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2003;17:372 pubmed
  18. Muller A. Rebuilding in New Orleans. One hospital struggles with more indigent care, staffing shortages. Mod Healthc. 2006;36:21 pubmed
  19. Duerden M. We need a mix of care in the NHS. BMJ. 2007;334:599 pubmed
  20. Trueland J. Star turn. Health Serv J. 2004;114:15 pubmed
  21. McKay N, Coventry J. Rural hospital closures. Determinants of conversion to an alternative health care facility. Med Care. 1993;31:130-40 pubmed
    ..The results of the study will be useful for evaluating programs designed to encourage alternative ways to provide health care services in rural areas. ..
  22. Derlet R. Overcrowding in emergency departments: increased demand and decreased capacity. Ann Emerg Med. 2002;39:430-2 pubmed
  23. Kenny C. Is local A&E a thing of the past?. Nurs Times. 2006;102:8-9 pubmed
  24. Pescosolido B, Wright E, Lutfey K. The changing hopes, worries, and community supports of individuals moving from a closing long-term care facility. J Behav Health Serv Res. 1999;26:276-88 pubmed
    ..The trends highlight particular vulnerability at the one-year point, the necessity of viewing movement into the community as a nonlinear process, and the importance of marking outcomes periodically. ..
  25. Ingledew D, Hardy L, Cooper C. Do resources bolster coping and does coping buffer stress? An organizational study with longitudinal aspect and control for negative affectivity. J Occup Health Psychol. 1997;2:118-33 pubmed
    ..Problem- and emotion-focused coping had beneficial effects, whereas avoidance coping had a (delayed) deleterious effect. These effects of coping were predominantly main and not buffering effects. ..
  26. Warden D, Probst J. The Role of the Nurse Executive in Rural Hospital Closure. J Nurs Adm. 2017;47:5-7 pubmed
    ..Nurse executives need to be prepared for this eventuality. There is a need for formal direction on how to close a highly regulated healthcare facility. ..
  27. Hutcheon J, Riddell C, Strumpf E, Lee L, Harper S. Safety of labour and delivery following closures of obstetric services in small community hospitals. CMAJ. 2017;189:E431-E436 pubmed publisher
    ..3) and length of antepartum stay (0.6 h, 95% CI 0.1 to 1.0 h). Closure of planned obstetric services in low-volume hospitals was not associated with an increase or decrease in frequency of adverse events during labour and delivery. ..
  28. Matsumoto M, Ogawa T, Kashima S, Takeuchi K. The impact of rural hospital closures on equity of commuting time for haemodialysis patients: simulation analysis using the capacity-distance model. Int J Health Geogr. 2012;11:28 pubmed publisher
    ..The accessibility simulations using the capacity-distance model will provide an analytic framework upon which rational resource distribution policies might be planned. ..
  29. Romero D, Kwan A, Nestler S, Cohen N. Impact of the closure of a large urban medical center: a quantitative assessment (part II). J Community Health. 2012;37:995-1005 pubmed publisher
    ..Vincent's (e.g., waiting longer to get an appointment). Finally, the same health care challenges were being experienced by those who are not seeing the same doctor as prior to the closing. ..
  30. Becker C. The N.Y. nix. Hospitals slated for shutter sue, offer new solutions. Mod Healthc. 2007;37:10 pubmed
  31. Cagle P. The proposal to close the armed forces institute of pathology. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2005;129:856-7 pubmed
  32. King A. Future of the RCVS library. Vet Rec. 2002;150:583 pubmed
  33. Lennane J. Preventable deaths. Australas Psychiatry. 2004;12:185-6; author reply 186-7 pubmed
  34. Schutze G, Gilliam C, Jin S, Cavenaugh C, Hall R, Bradsher R, et al. Use of DNA fingerprinting in decision making for considering closure of neonatal intensive care units because of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bloodstream infections. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2004;23:110-4 pubmed
    ..It also allowed the NICU in Hospital A to continue to accept referrals from other hospitals and to implement a targeted infection control plan for patients transferred from Hospital B. ..
  35. Farhall J, Trauer T, Newton R, Cheung P. Minimizing adverse effects on patients of involuntary relocation from long-stay wards to community residences. Psychiatr Serv. 2003;54:1022-7 pubmed
    ..Moving via a transitional environment is not essential. ..
  36. Goin M. Response to the presidential address. Am J Psychiatry. 2003;160:1763-5 pubmed
  37. Mayor S. MPs call on health minister to halt closure of hospital for personality disorders. BMJ. 2008;336:181 pubmed publisher
  38. Lloyd P, McCarthy W, Nolan J. The "beds to the west" scheme: the politics and outcomes of the 1982 New South Wales hospital rationalisation programme. Med J Aust. 1990;153:486-91 pubmed
    ..A review of the extent to which the programme's objectives were achieved together with a description of the principal management features of the decommissioning process provide significant lessons for today's policy makers. ..
  39. Caro F, Glickman L, Ingegneri D, Porell F, Stern A, Verma K. The impact of the closing of three Massachusetts public chronic disease hospitals: a multidimensional perspective. J Community Health. 1997;22:155-74 pubmed
  40. Carlowe J. Still waiting. Nurs Stand. 2003;17:19 pubmed
  41. Sørensen J. The potential migration effect of rural hospital closures: a Danish case study. Scand J Public Health. 2008;36:460-6 pubmed publisher
    ..Families with children appear to be the most likely out-migrants. Elderly people may be hardest hit by a hospital closure, being most reliant on healthcare and least inclined to move away. ..
  42. Glabman M. Managed care makes it tough for some hospitals to stay afloat. Manag Care. 2003;12:42-4 pubmed
  43. Evans M. Aggressive steps. States take action against Fla., Wis. hospitals. Mod Healthc. 2005;35:14 pubmed
  44. Greenberg W, Goldberg L. The determinants of hospital and HMO vertically integrated delivery systems in a competitive health care sector. Int J Health Care Finance Econ. 2002;2:51-68 pubmed
    ..Other variables also have significant effects upon the creation of vertical affiliations both at the individual hospital level and at the market level. ..
  45. Taylor M, Galloro V. Recruitment predicament. Tenet settles with feds for $21 million in kickback case, but hospitals still wait for clear guidance on what's allowed. Mod Healthc. 2006;36:6-7, 3 pubmed
    ..The industry, on the other hand, still has reservations. It wants clear guidance on what is legal in physician recruiting. ..
  46. Friedman E. Health insurance, the uninsured, and hospitals: collision course. Front Health Serv Manage. 2005;21:3-15 pubmed
    ..The question is whether American hospitals have the will and the ability to stave off an impending disaster. ..
  47. Galloro V. Prognosis negative. Rating agencies show they're not impressed with Tenet Healthcare's attempts to move cash around. Mod Healthc. 2003;33:8 pubmed
  48. Jaklevic M. Reaching a dead end. Hospitals are finding it harder to sustain turnaround efforts as years of cost-cutting have left executives with little room to maneuver. Mod Healthc. 2003;33:28-30 pubmed
  49. Sloan F, Ostermann J, Conover C. Antecedents of hospital ownership conversions, mergers, and closures. Inquiry. 2003;40:39-56 pubmed
    ..By contrast, conversions from for-profit ownership occur quickly following declines in margins. Many mergers seem motivated by a desire to increase market power--a consideration not evident for conversions. ..
  50. Galloro V. Drastic measures? Rumors persist Tenet may sell off some hospitals. Mod Healthc. 2003;33:12-3 pubmed
  51. Koizumi N, Kuno E, Smith T. Modeling patient flows using a queuing network with blocking. Health Care Manag Sci. 2005;8:49-60 pubmed
    ..Thus removal of such facility-specific bottlenecks may be the most efficient way to reduce congestion in the system as a whole. ..
  52. Galloro V. Standing dispute. CON reversal sought for open hospital. Mod Healthc. 2005;35:26 pubmed
  53. Rosenheck R, Banks S, Pandiani J, Hoff R. Bed closures and incarceration rates among users of Veterans Affairs mental health services. Psychiatr Serv. 2000;51:1282-7 pubmed
    ..Rates of incarceration were similar across health care systems. The closure of a substantial number of VA mental health inpatient beds did not seem to affect the rate of incarceration among VA service users. ..