Here are 22 hospitals that filed for bankruptcy protection or closed since Jan. 1, beginning with the most recent.
Sonoma West Medical Center (Sebastopol, Calif.). Sonoma West Medical Center entered Chapter 7 bankruptcy Sept. 26. The decision to enter bankruptcy came after Anthem and its affiliates in nine states sued SWMC and the company that managed the hospital's toxicology program June 1. The lawsuit alleges SWMC engaged in a fraudulent billing scheme.
Northside Regional Medical Center (Youngstown, Ohio). Dallas-based Steward Health Care closed Northside Regional Medical Center Sept. 20. Steward announced plans in August to shut down the facility, citing a sharp decline in patient volume.
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