Regency Hospital Odessa Closing 10/18/12
CBS 7 News
October 18, 2012
ODESSA, TX - A specialty hospital that has been operating out of Medical Center Hospital is closing it's doors leaving it's employees without work But stories are conflicting as to why the hospital is shutting down.
Regency Hospital Odessa is a specialty hospital, separately licensed, that focuses on the care for acute long-term patients. This December, the hospital which currently leases space on the sixth floor of Medical Center Hospital will be closing.
A statement released today from MCH’s Chief Executive Officer, William Webster, states, "We were surprised this week when regency hospital made their announcement to close their facility as we were still open to negotiation."
But in a letter that we received allegedly sent out to Regency staff from the hospital's parent company, the reason for closing is very different. The letter reads, "It is with great sadness that we announce today that Medical Center Hospital has other needs for the space that we currently utilize...Medical Center Hospital determined that they will not be able to renew our lease."
It also states, "know that you will continue to have a job with us through December 15, 2012."
Medical Center Hospital officials say they were still in negotiations and no decision had been made. MCH tells me they are working with regency employees to explore job placement opportunities, they say the hospital has plenty of openings.
Of course there is a lot of conflicting information within these statements. Medical Center's Media Relations Department is working to get more information for us and we have left messages with regency officials. We'll continue to follow this story and keep you updated as more information becomes available.