After hospital closes, Pennsylvania community tries to fill medical services gap

In February, Marian Community Hospital, the only hospital in Carbondale, Pa., closed its doors after 87 years.

Catholic Healthcare East, the owner of the hospital, praised the work of the sponsors, the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Scranton, in a statement on Facebook, adding:

“Our work in Carbondale is completed. We have done what we were called to do,” the statement said. “The community has found sources of quality health care in surrounding areas; there is no longer a need for an acute care hospital in Carbondale.”

Daily Emails and Alerts: Get the best of NCR delivered to your inbox! Sign up here

The hospital had said in a November press release that in the past few years it had “struggled to remain viable,” and that “competitive pressures, mounting reimbursement challenges, and a declining demand for our services have resulted in major financial losses for our institution.”

According to a report in the Scranton Times Tribune, the gap in medical care left by the hospital’s departure is already being felt in the community, where various groups are working to open outpatient clinics for laboratory testing, electrocardiograms and X-ray services.

The hospital owed at least $19 million in debt when it closed, according to the Times Tribune story.

Support independent reporting on important issues.

 One family graphic_2016_250x103.jpg

Show comments

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

Commenting is available during business hours, Central time, USA. Commenting is not available in the evenings, over weekends and on holidays. More details are available here. Comments are open on NCR's Facebook page.