Brief: Hospital to shut down

Review Staff Report

St. Francis Hospital of Topeka is under dire circumstances.

The previously SCL funded hospital will be closing its doors this summer if a buyer is not found. The staff and residents of the hospital will know St. Francis’s fate by early May, according to the Topeka Capital Journal.

Over the last five years, St. Francis suffered $117 million losses, accompanied by the lack of Medicaid expansion in Kansas. Without funding from an outside donor, St. Francis will end its 116 year run.

Currently, patients are advised that no immediate changes will be occurring.

Governor Brownback has been actively looking for a solution to keep St. Francis in business, stating St. Francis is a valuable health care and charity provider serving those who are poor and vulnerable.