Washington hospital lays off 2 orthopedic surgeons ahead of bankruptcy filing — 6 details


Yakima, Wash.-based Astria Health has reportedly laid off multiple specialists — including two orthopedic surgeons — and closed several clinics as it prepares to file for bankruptcy, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Six things to know:

1. In a move to achieve financial stability, Astria Health plans to file for bankruptcy in May.

2. Since announcing that decision Jan. 8, Astria Health has shuttered Yakima-based Astria Regional Medical Center and closed several clinics that provided gastroenterology, orthopedic, urology and cardiology services on the campus. Astria Regional Medical Center lost tens of millions of dollars, officials said.

3. As recently as late February, Astria Health laid off two orthopedic surgeons, two general surgeons and a cardiologist. Several current and former Astria Health employees confirmed the layoffs and contract terminations to the Yakima Herald-Republic.

4. Upon contract termination, one orthopedic surgeon reportedly had patients scheduled for surgery a day out and didn't have sufficient time to help them transition care.

5. Astria Sunnyside (Wash.) Hospital and Astria Toppenish (Wash.) Hospital remain open. Five specialty facilities, including an ASC, are still listed on Astria Health's website.

6. Astria Health is seeking financing for a bankruptcy reorganization plan.

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