New York hospital cites surgery center debt in bankruptcy filing

Lockport, N.Y.-based Eastern Niagara Hospital filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Nov. 7, citing, among an array of expenses, debt acquired from opening a surgery center, The Buffalo News reports.

What you should know:

1. The hospital said it would continue to offer the services it does now, but care locations have dwindled from five to two.

2. The hospital closed its maternity unit June 30 and said it would sell an urgent care facility it had been operating in Newfane, N.Y.

3. The hospital will hold a community forum to address concerns at a to-be-determined date.

4. Eastern Niagara Hospital leadership cited a number of reasons behind the closure. While prior debt and loan obligations have had an effect on the hospital, debt brought on by its new outpatient surgery center and new mammography equipment were among the larger contributions.

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