Vibra hospital in Springfield to close March 2018

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Vibra Healthcare on Thursday announced the closure of its Springfield hospital come March 2018. 

The Springfield healthcare facility said they are closing after several failed attempts to secure additional funding and resources for the hospital.

In a statement sent to 22News from Nancy Sterling, Senior Vice President of the healthcare, Vibra filed a 30-day notification with the state’s Department of Public Health.

“We have struggled with this decision,” Gregory Toot, Chief Executive Officer of Vibra’s Springfield Operations stated in the news release. “But reductions in healthcare reimbursement and changes in referral practices over the past twelve months have made continuing operations in this location unsustainable.”

According to the news release, Vibra’s other two Massachusetts facilities in Rochdale and New Bedford will remain open. The hospital said after the end of their 30-day notification to the state in December, it will file a 90-day closing notice to permanently shut down the facility in March. 

Division President of Vibra’s Massachusetts Operations, Edward Leary stated in the news release that, “In the current healthcare environment we cannot maintain a 400,000 sq foot 1950s building, much of which is unused.”

“We have shifted our focus away from trying a variety of operational and financial strategies to remain open,” Leary added. “Our top priority now is to continue providing the best quality care to patients and then smoothly transitioning those who remain to other facilities.We will endeavor to minimize the impact on patients, their families and our dedicated employees during the closure.”

The healthcare facility in Springfield currently has three units including a chronic care hospital unit, a behavioral health skilled nursing unit and a DMH / psychiatric unit, that serves about 90 patients.

According to the news release, Vibra has been working with the state’s Department of Mental Health to transition those patients to alternative sites, making sure they are placed in their home states.

The hospital said it will continue to provide quality care and services throughout the transition.

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