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Blessing Health announces closure of Keokuk hospital

Blessing Health announces closure of Keokuk hospital

3 weeks, 4 days ago by Scott Hardy

Low patient use, cost of future repairs responsible for decision

Blessing Health System says it will close its' Keokuk hospital next month, just 18 months after acquiring it.

Blessing announced the closure Thursday, saying it's due to "consistently low demand for inpatient and emergency room care". The 49-bed facility will close just after 12 Midnight on October 1st. Blessing Health says it will focus resources on clinic-based, outpatient care. A statement says that the Keokuk facility has been in financial crisis for 10 years, and that as a result, people have "developed new habits and patterns for where they receive their inpatient health care." Blessing says that the hospital averages less than two inpatients per day and less than one emergency room visit per hour. They also say that a recent study of the building by architects found that needed renovations would cost millions of dollars.

Blessing Health says that the 147 hospital employees in Keokuk will be kept on until November 4th, and that their Human Resources department will help them find other positions at Blessing. They'll also bring in other employers to the Keokuk campus in the coming weeks for additional job options. Blessing says they'll put the hospital property up for sale. They also say that their Keokuk Clinic on Main Street will stay open. Emergency care remains available in Fort Madison and Burlington, Iowa; and Carthage and Quincy, Illinois.

Blessing acquired the former Keokuk Area Hospital from UnityPoint Health in March, 2021.

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