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Marian Community Hospital to close

CARBONDALE – The parent company of Marian Community Hospital, 100 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale, announced Monday that it will close the facility by Feb. 28, 2012.

Citing “increased competitive pressures, mounting reimbursement challenges, and a declining demand for our services,” Maxis Health System President and CEO Mary Theresa Vautrinot said more than $3.6 million in investments into the hospital were not enough to attract the needed base of patients.

“Following a complete operational and financial review, we made the difficult decision that our multi-million dollar annual losses could no longer be sustained,” Vautrinot said.

Marian had an average of 20 patients per day over the last six months, according to a release. The hospital is licensed for 70 beds which it reduced to 35 in Jan. 2010 because of a steady decline in inpatient care.

Maxis Health System currently has 233 full- and part-time employees. The system is looking at the possibility of providing outpatient services at the Marian facility.

“For 86 years, the IHM Congregation has been recognized as the face of health care in the greater Carbondale area. As a native of the Carbondale community, I was hopeful that the 1992 consolidation of the former Carbondale General and St. Joseph’s Hospitals, that created Marian Community Hospital, would endure well into the future,” Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said in a release.

“However, it is apparent that present economic conditions in Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond, combined with the current climate of health care in general, continues to be our lived reality and has forced this most difficult conclusion.”

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