Texas orthopedic surgeon forced to cancel appointments for a week when hospital abruptly closes: 4 things to know

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |

An orthopedic surgeon is out of a job after their employer, Rockdale, Texas-based Little River Healthcare, filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to close, according to the Killeen Daily Herald.


Here are four things to know:

1. The orthopedic surgeon, Robert Hansen, MD, reported he had inquired about the health of the organization several times since Little River filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July, but was told "everybody is fine."

2. The organization's representatives said they were looking for a buyer, but no deal was made and all staff members, including Dr. Hansen, were fired Dec. 5. There are 298 employees without jobs, according to the report.

3. Since the sudden closure, Dr. Hansen has tried rescheduling patients at different locations, and had to cancel all appointments for a week because he didn't have an office. The organization did not give warning of the closure, and Dr. Hansen was unable to make prior arrangements.

4. He now operates out of two surrounding offices and is "working on a long-term plan for his Killeen office."

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