Judge denies motion to keep Astria Regional open

YAKIMA, Wash. – A federal judge denied a motion Tuesday that asked him to reconsider allowing Astria Regional Medical Center to close its doors.

The Washington State Nurses Association filed the motion Friday in response to the judge’s order earlier in the week allowing the hospital to shut down.

In bankruptcy court Tuesday, the judge said he could only decide whether or not closing the hospital was a “reasonable business decision” for Astria Health. He said while the decision will negatively impact the Yakima community and that he’s not happy about it, closing the hospital is reasonable for the company.

“I hope we never have a day like this in court again,” the judge said.

Astria Health filed for bankruptcy in May, citing financial losses. The company said in court that it lost $2.8 million at Astria Regional Medical Center in December alone.

Astria Health argued that continuing to fund the Yakima hospital at a loss meant running the risk of eventually losing their hospital in Toppenish and Sunnyside.

As of Tuesday morning, the hospital has been vacated and is no longer accepting patients. The emergency room shut down on Monday.