— Police Chief Reuben Black found out that Southern Palmetto Hospital was shutting down in January just like most people in this small town did — on Facebook.“It closed at noon the next day,” he said.“It’s extremely hard to lose a hospital that’s been here since 1950-whatever.
Williamsburg County Hospital was forced to close in October due to building damage caused by rain.
Even though Williamsburg County Hospital in Kingstree closed due to water damage, the facility laid off a “large portion” of its staff this month.
The decision was “extremely difficult, but necessary because of a lack of insurance funds,” an announcement on the hospital’s website explained.
Meanwhile, Graham Adams, executive director of the S. Office of Rural Health, is worried that more rural hospitals will close.“There are still some hospitals that are very concerned about their ongoing viability,” Adams said.
Approximately 60 hospitals operate in South Carolina.