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Hospital Administrator: Not shocked by hospital closure

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CENTER, TX (KTRE) -

Center's hospital, the Shelby Regional Medical Center, has closed its doors because its contract for Medicare and Medicaid coverage was terminated Wednesday. The facility's emergency room will remain open until Thursday at noon.

It all stems from the loss of medicaid and medicare funding.

Several of the 89 staff members of the medical center were not surprise to hear the news.

"It's kind of a sad day that this hospital is shutting down after 45 years and that this community doesn't have a hospital," said Permenter.

The residents of Shelby County residents are asking where do they go?

"We're ready to accept their patients. We have the capacity and capability of excepting their patients and if they need a higher level of care, we have the ability to transport them by ambulance or helicopter," said Memorial Medical Center of San Augustine spokesperson, Darlene Williams.

Patients aren't the only ones asking what's next. Staff at the medical center have the same question.

"A lot of the staff said they can hold on for a month or two but eventually they are going to have to have a job. That's why we were hoping something was going to happen like a new owner stepping in," said Permenter.

Permenter said the thought of not being here during a busy weekend scares her.

"The Watermelon Festival starts tomorrow and there is a little league tournament going on right now and God forbid something happens to one of those little kids or parents or anyone. They are going to have to tote them somewhere else to get services and it's not here," said Permenter.

Earlier today we spoke to the Center's City Manager, Chad Nearing. Nearing said that they would hope this didn't happen because of the economic and safety impact the facility had on the region.

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