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story.lead_photo.caption A sign states the emergency room at North Metro Medical Center is Jacksonville is closed.

North Metro Medical Center has closed, Jacksonville Fire Department Capt. David Jones said Wednesday afternoon, citing a call the department’s dispatch center received last night with the news.

Calls to North Metro Medical Center went unanswered and calls to its parent company, Allegiance Health Management, were not immediately returned to confirm the hospital’s closure or learn additional details.

A sign outside the hospital stated that the emergency room was closed.

“The Jacksonville Fire Department is saddened about the closing of North Metro Medical Center in our Community,” Jones said in a release. “Losing a Hospital always has an adverse impact with lasting effects on the community that it serves.”

Jones said the department transported more than 1,100 patients last year to the center, a little over one-third of all transports during the period.

CHI St. Vincent North in Sherwood is now the closest hospital to Jacksonville, Jones said, but added it takes 13 minutes to get there from Jacksonville, compared to just nine for North Metro Medical Center.

Allegiance Health Management, based in Shreveport, La., has faced a variety of citations and compliance issues in recent years.

An investigation by WebMD and Georgia Health News published in 2018 found North Metro Medical Center failed to follow standards of care established by the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act.


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  • RBBrittain
    August 21, 2019 at 5:03 p.m.

    The sign out front (and prior reports) only mention the ER. I see nothing in the article to PROPERLY confirm that the ENTIRE hospital has closed. Major reporting failure.

  • RBBrittain
    August 21, 2019 at 5:24 p.m.

    KARK & KLRT claim the CEO has confirmed its closure, but apparently based on a tweet that only confirms the ER's closure. A press release included with their article suggests it is restructuring into a "micro hospital" model that will include a behavioral health hospital and eventually (but not now) a standalone, non-hospital ER.

  • ozena
    August 21, 2019 at 5:25 p.m.

    Good point, RBB. The only news source is fire department. Why can't the ADG send a reporter to get the story? Maybe there are locks on the doors, or dirt dobber nests on windows. Maybe the state Health Dept. Knows about a hospital closing.

  • wolfman
    August 21, 2019 at 5:40 p.m.

    in arkansas you can't operate a free standing ER. It has to be attached to a hospital with beds!

  • hogfan2012
    August 21, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.

    Need to close Transitions down - the geriatric psych ward at this facility. Their negligence was responsible for my mothers' death. She had a UTI and they gave her meds she was allergic to...

  • gentletouching23yahoocom
    August 21, 2019 at 8:37 p.m.

    About time rumors have it as the worst place to go for treatment. Had an acquaintance go there for a hurt ankle. They informed the er that it was the right ankle. They x rayed the left knee Hospital said they were fine prescripted pain killers and sent home. Friend went to St Vince. They x rayed right ankle It was broke