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HMA announces closure of Southwest Regional.

Health Management Associates Inc. of Naples, Fla., said it would close Southwest Regional Medical Center in Little Rock on July 15, according to its quarterly filing with the Securities &Exchange Commission.

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The move comes after nearly two years of trying to sell the hospital.

Arkansas Business reported in July 2006 that it was selling three hospitals to Shiloh Health Services Inc. of Nevada.

The deal included both Southwest and Summit Medical Center in Van Buren and another hospital in Williamson, W.Va.

By March 2007, however, that deal was terminated when Shiloh failed to come up with the financing to close. At that time, HMA said it would pursue other alternatives.

HMA, which operates 58 hospitals in 15 states with a total of 8,269 licensed beds, said in the discontinued operations section of the filing that the hospital was being closed because of "significant financial losses."

While a shutdown is planned, the filing said the company was also "evaluating various alternatives to divest Southwest Regional Medical Center, but the timing of such divestitures has not yet been determined."
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Title Annotation:HEALTH CARE
Author:Henry, John
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:May 26, 2008
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