WALLA WALLA, Wash - Adventist Health announced Monday that Walla Walla General Hospital will close its doors on July 24.
Due to unexpected regulatory challenges, Adventist Health and Providence Health & Services ended the attempt to transfer control of Walla Walla General Hospital to Providence Health & Services.
Walla Walla General Hospital has faced mounting financial challenging over the last decade, according to Adventist Health. In recent years Adventist Health has invested more than $68 million into the hospital in hopes to make it financially viable.
“We respect the legacy of this hospital , its place in the heart of our community, and the investments we have all made to sustain it for more than a century, said Joyce said Joyce Newmyer, President of Adventist Health Pacific Northwest Region and Board Chair of Walla Walla General Hospital. “Unfortunately, we must now acknowledge the current healthcare environment creates an unstainable future for the local hospital.”
The closure will include all Adventist Health services in Walla Walla: Walla Walla General Hospital, Adventist Health Home Care Services and Adventist Health Medical Group. It will not impact the Wheatland Village Retirement Center.
Physicians and the staff were notified early Monday of the decision. There are currently 426 employees at Walla Walla General Hospital, according to Adventist Health.
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