RMC Jacksonville Hospital to close in June; facility to be gifted to Jacksonville State University

ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) -- The RMC Health Authority announced that the Regional Medical center of Jacksonville will end operations on June 30, 2018. The facility will be gifted to Jacksonville State University to be used for classroom space and campus housing. 

“In today’s volatile healthcare environment, sustaining under-utilized, high-cost services and facilities is not fiscally responsible,” Billy Grizzard, chair of the Healthcare Authority of the City of Anniston said in a press release issued by the organization. “RMC’s Board and leadership team have carefully evaluated the most viable options for the future of our health system and believe that reallocating our resources and services will best serve residents of Calhoun County and surrounding communities.”

Operational challenges and declines in inpatient and emergency room visits were cited in the release as factors contributing to the decision to close the hospital. 

Physicians and staff will continue caring for patients until they are discharged or transferred to another facility. The emergency room will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. 

Jacksonville Mayor Johnny Smith says he's concerned about response times and getting people the help need in emergency situations. Smith says the city will look at its EMS department and to determine if any changes need to be made once the hospital officially closes. Smith also says the city is considering the possibility of recruiting another hospital.

The full press release about the closing is available below. 

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