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Regency Hospital Closing After Negotiations Fall Through With Medical Center Hospital

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Nearly 100 healthcare professionals could be out of a job in Odessa. That's because negotiations on a lease with Medical Center Hospital fell through.

NewsWest 9 has learned Regency Hospital will officially close their doors in two months. Select Medical Regency Hospital rents the sixth floor at MCH and their staff received a letter this week saying they will no longer be in existence in Odessa before the end of December.

NewsWest 9 obtained the letter that was sent out to staff at Regency Hospital on Monday stating that MCH has determined that they will not be able to renew their lease.

Select Medical CEO released the following statement: "This was a very difficult decision to make and we exhausted all possible options. Our closure is the result of Medical Center Hospital's alternative plans for our space. Despite our best efforts to find a solution, our hospital will not be able to sustain its operations in Odessa," Select Medical Regional Vice President, Teresa Davis, said.  

Davis says staff will continue to be employed until December 15, 2012 and will do their best to job place them at other Select Medical Hospitals locations in Texas and other states.

However, MCH says otherwise and said they've been in negotiations with Regency Hospital regarding continuation of services. In a statement they said: "We were surprised this week when Regency Hospital made their announcement to close their facility as we were still open to negotiation and had not received formal notice from Regency Hospital. Since learning of their announcement to close Regency, the MCH Human Resources Department has started working with Regency employees to explore job placement options to fill open positions at MCH,"  MCH Chief Executive Officer, William Webster, said.

Regency Hospital says new and current patients will be transferred to their hospital in Midland.

Regency's Full Statement:

Select Medical's Regency Hospital in Odessa will close its doors before the end of December 2012. This was a very difficult decision to make and we exhausted all possible options. Our closure is the result of Medical Center Hospital's alternative plans for our space. Despite our best efforts to find a solution, our hospital will not be able to sustain its operations in Odessa.
We have informed our dedicated employees, the local medical community, and our patients and their families of this unfortunate news.
 
We will continue to work closely with all involved to ensure as smooth a transition as possible. Our staff will be offered continued employment through December 15, 2012. We are also committed to working with them to facilitate other opportunities within our Select Medical family of hospitals in Texas and other states.
 
Moving forward, our Select Specialty Hospital in Midland will admit new patients normally referred to Regency Hospital in Odessa. Regency Hospital in Odessa will continue to provide care to its current in-house patients through December 15, 2012. Patients still hospitalized after this date will be transferred to our hospital in Midland.
 
We thank the amazing team of healthcare professionals that have worked with us to achieve so much for the patients of this community. On their behalf, we are also deeply appreciative of the trust and support shown to our hospital during our time in Odessa.
  
Issued by: Teresa Davis, Regional Vice President
Select Medical
October 18, 2012
 
 
Medical Center Hospital's Full Statement:
Medical Center Health System has had a long relationship with Regency Hospital Odessa in caring for acute long-term patients. Regency Hospital currently leases space on MCH's sixth floor as a separately licensed hospital. With the lease coming to an end in late December 2012, we have been in negotiations with Regency Hospital regarding continuation of services. We were surprised this week when Regency Hospital made their announcement to close their facility as we were still open to negotiation and had not received formal notice from Regency Hospital. Since learning of their announcement to close Regency, the MCH Human Resources Department has started working with Regency employees to explore job placement options to fill open positions at MCH.
 
MCH will continue to provide quality care for acute long-term patients as we explore future care options in replacing Regency. While Regency Hospital is still providing care at the MCH location, they plan to admit any new patients to the Select Specialty Hospital at Midland Memorial West Campus.
 
William Webster
Chief Executive Officer
Medical Center Health System
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