Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville will permanently close its doors by the end of the year. The hospital’s CEO made the announcement in a news release.
Lakeland blames the decision on the Affordable Care Act which cut the flow of money to rural community hospitals and made them vulnerable.
“Our team explored every viable option to avoid closing the hospital,” CEO Debbie Pace wrote. “Unfortunately, as with many other rural healthcare facilities in the Southeast, we are unable to continue operations due to such drastic reductions in reimbursement.”
Lakeland, the only hospital in Winston County, has 59 beds. Shuttering the facility will affect about 87 employees.
“I want to thank the Lakeland Hospital staff, physicians and board for their dedication and service to the community.”
According to Pace, Lakeland’s employees will receive priority status to fill open positions at other facilities.
Lakeland says its medical detox program will move to Russellville Hospital.