Steward Health Care, a Dallas-based health system, is urgently looking to sell off four hospitals in Massachusetts. The decision has raised concerns about the potential closure of these hospitals, including Holy Family in Methuen. Steward Health Care reportedly owes a staggering $50 million in unpaid rent and is facing financial issues, prompting fears that the hospitals may be forced to shut down.
The closure of any of these hospitals would have severe consequences for patients, limiting their options for medical consultations and appointments. Lawmakers in Massachusetts have been taken aback by Steward Health’s announcement and are now working tirelessly to prevent the closure of these vital healthcare facilities.
Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey has expressed her concerns over the situation, stating that she has not seen a plan from Steward Health and is focused on protecting both patients and jobs. Governor Healey also emphasized the importance of stabilizing the healthcare system in the state. Steward Health, on the other hand, has not yet filed any concrete plans and has attempted to downplay reports of closures. They claim to be working towards securing additional funding to normalize hospital operations.
The uncertainty surrounding Steward Health’s future has already had repercussions. Mass General Brigham has chosen to relocate procedures from Holy Family Hospital to other locations due to concerns about the availability of surgical equipment. Furthermore, the president of Holy Family Hospital has decided to step down amidst the growing uncertainty surrounding Steward Health’s intentions.
Steward Health serves a significant number of Medicare and Medicaid patients and argues that they do not receive the necessary support or recognition for the quality care they provide. However, the potential closure of Steward hospitals would leave hundreds of patients scrambling for healthcare options and over 16,000 healthcare workers unemployed.
Massachusetts lawmakers, along with the state’s congressional delegation, have expressed their deep concerns about the potential impact on patient care. They are urging Steward Health to reconsider their plans and find alternative solutions that will avoid the closure of these crucial hospitals. The fate of these hospitals hangs in the balance, with many anxiously awaiting a resolution that will assure the continued availability of healthcare services for the affected communities.