Saint Catherine Regional Hospital to close Wednesday morning

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Saint Catherine Regional Hospital in Charlestown, Indiana, will close Wednesday at 7 a.m., according to hospital and local government sources.

They say hospital staff received word of the closing Tuesday.

Sources tell WDRB News the emergency room door is to be locked at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning and that remaining patients will be transferred to other health facilities.

A liquidation of hospital assets is to begin immediately.

The hospital had been in bankruptcy proceedings in federal court in New Albany. An auction was scheduled for last month.

Reports said that the Charlestown City Council had approved a $450,000 loan for operation of the hospital, until a new owner could take over.

Online court records show a hearing was scheduled Tuesday afternoon in federal bankruptcy court in New Albany. Its outcome was not clear Tuesday night.

However, Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday night that the potential hospital buyer was not happy with conditions of the sale.

"Procure Health withdrew from the purchase of the hospital today due to conditions of the sale not being able to be met satisfactory to the buyer. The hospital will remain open with the staff necessary to transfer patients to other facilities and then take the appropriate steps to close. Our hearts and prayers go out to the employees during this transition," Hall wrote.

Hall did not return a message for further comment.

Saint Catherine Hospital opened in Charlestown in 1976 and is the only hospital serving northern Clark County. It has operated under several names and owners through the years, including the city of Charlestown.

It entered bankruptcy proceedings in 2012, owing more than $8 million to 200 or more creditors.

The closing leaves Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville and Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville as the only two hospitals in the county.

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