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Exclusive: Cooperstown Hospital In Danger of Closing

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  Clashes between personnel and financial problems have put the Cooperstown Medical Center in crisis. Officials say the hospital is in danger of closing.

  The patient load at the Cooperstown clinic and hospital is handled by 1 doctor and 3 nurse practitioners. Two of the 3 nurse practitioners have resigned, along with the administrator, Greg Stomp and his wife, who also worked as a nurse at the facility.

  Board Chairman, Barry Getz says yes, there have been some clashes between the administrator and personnel. However, he says the main problem is financial. He says they're struggling to keep the doors of the facility open. But, a staff member, who does not want to be identified says quote- "It goes far beyond finances. That's the tip of the iceberg. It's management style and structure." –unquote.

   Meanwhile, City and County residents, who provide partial funding for the facility via taxes, have been left out of the loop.

 Paul Paintner,City Councilman: "No. No information has been brought to the City. So, we have no idea about financial's. How they're doing or if the providers are staying for sure."

   A written statement released by Board Chairman, Barry Getz says in part:  "If we can't work through this financial fog we may have to close the hospital and ER, which would leave us with only clinic services."

   Getz also says Sanford Health, Catholic Health Initiatives and Altru have not been interested in affiliations or mergers with Cooperstown. However, Altru is offering some help to the Cooperstown facility with their rural outreach program.

 

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