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March 22, 2014

Step Back in Time: March 22, 2014

25 years agoMarch 22, 1989

Stamford Community Hospital and Fox Hospital of Oneonta have called off plans to merge inpatient care, officials announced Tuesday.

Hospital officials agreed that a formal arrangement isn’t in the best interest of either institution, after three months of study. However, the hospitals remain committed to providing access to health care and emergency services in the Stamford area and will continue discussing ways to provide emergency care, among other options, said officials.

But Community Hospital probably will lose its 20 inpatient acute care beds, said J. Thomas Wickham, president of the board of Community Hospital.

“Our options are pretty well used up,” said Wickham. Community Hospital cannot continue operating the acute care beds alone, so hospital officials will need to discuss options with state Health Department officials, he said.

Community is one of five hospitals in Delaware County required by the state Health Department to form linkages with larger institutions for the financial security of the smaller hospitals. Currently Community has a management contract with Bassett Hospital. That contract expires April 15.

Declining use during the past two years at Community Hospital was a significant factor in the decision to break off negotiations over an acute care merger. Staffing shortages, the project’s uncertain financial status and the health care industry’s difficult financial climate also were contributing factors, hospital officials said.

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