WALLA WALLA, Wash.- Adventist Health announced Walla Walla General Hospital will be closing next month, leaving employees and community members wondering what will happen to their livelihoods.
Adventist Health reports the hospital has 426 employees who will be affected by the closure, but local businesses are also voicing concerns about the hospital shutting down.
Karen Hart owns Jacky's Flowers, which sits right next door to the hospital. She said a lot of her business comes from hospital staff and patients. Now that the hospital is closing down, Hart said she is bracing for the impact that could happen to her family owned flower shop.
"We do accounts with the hospital, with different departments and so if that's just gone and you don't have the walk-in traffic from the employees or even husbands sending things to their wives at work... it will affect us," said Hart.
The closure will include all Adventist Health services in Walla Walla including Walla Walla General Hospital, Adventist Health Home Care Services and Adventist Health Medical Group. It will not impact the Wheatland Village Retirement Center.
Adventist Health cited mounting financial problems as the key reason for the closure. Though a transfer agreement with Providence Health & Services was in the works, hospital officials are not revealing why the deal did not work out.
The hospital is set to close on Monday, July 24th.