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Board members given 10 minutes notice before local hospital closes doors

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GRAND SALINE, TX (KLTV) -

A Van Zandt County hospital closed its doors on Thursday after struggling with financial problems.

Cozby-Germany Hospital in Grand Saline is closed until further notice. Board member Tom Elliot says the hospital board was informed the medical facility was closing at 6:50 p.m. Thursday. By 7 p.m., the hospital doors were officially shut. Cozby-Germany employees were told the hospital had closed at a meeting Friday morning.

"The doctors, the management company running it ran out of money essentially," says Elliot.

Cozby-Germany was not in compliance with Medicare guidelines and will be closed until those guidelines can be established. Elliot says the hospital has spoken with Medicare about reopening and must first respond to a Medicare inspection. The facility has ten days to respond with their plan for meeting Medicare guidelines.

Only three patients were at the hospital at the time of closing. Two were ready to be discharged and were released, and a third was transported to a hospital in Tyler.

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