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Saturday, November 12, 2016 9:26 am

Select calls closing 'a business decision'

Lisa Green | The Journal Gazette

Select Medical Corp.’s decision to close its long-term, acute-care hospital in Fort Wayne is based on a business decision about the market, a spokeswoman said Friday, without being more specific.

"It was simply just a business decision looking at the market; well, not simple because no decisions are simple, but a business decision to close," Melissa Fox, senior manager for communications and branding at Select Medical said.

The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, company is the parent of Select Specialty Hospital and gave notice this week to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development of the planned closing. The shutdown, expected by Jan. 6, will affect 103 workers.

Fox could not immediately be reached Thursday when the planned closing became public. She confirmed Friday the hospital has 32 beds in Fort Wayne. Select is on the seventh and eighth floors of St. Joseph Hospital, which is part of Lutheran Health Network. Select, however, is an independent hospital.

Fox said the company would not disclose how many of the local beds have patients, on average, each day.

She was not aware of any other hospitals that Select Medical this year announced plans to close. The company’s hospital network includes more than 100 long-term acute-care sites in the U.S., according to its website. 

The hospitals, Fox said, operate under the Select Specialty brand or as Regency Hospitals. After the Fort Wayne Select closes, the company will still have three Indiana locations. The Northwest Regency brand hospital has 38 beds, the Porter County Regency Hospital has 23 beds and the Select Specialty in Evansville has 60 beds, Fox said.

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