St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix will close later this month according to a letter posted to the hospital’s website describing “many years of steady patient census decline.” The hospital is in Dallas-based Steward Health Care’s network.
The hospital has been serving Phoenix for 100 years, but President James Flinn writes that “St. Luke’s, patient demand has stayed extremely low and our facility remains significantly underutilized.”The letter says that the hospital usually is below 40 percent occupied, with an average of just 70 patients in the 219-bed facility. Emergency department visits are down 16 percent as well.
Steward has three other hospitals in the area where patients will be transferred who have ongoing treatment and scheduled procedures. Steward runs three other hospitals in the area, as well as a behavioral health center.
The hospital’s last day of accepting emergency care and new patients will be Nov. 23 at 1:01 a.m. Read the full letter here.