Dallas hospital unexpectedly closes

Walnut Hill Medical Center, a for-profit 100-bed hospital in Dallas, closed Friday, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Confusion about whether the hospital was shutting down arose on Thursday evening after Rich Guerra, MD, a cardiologist and executive board member at Walnut Hill Medical Center, posted a note entitled "Farewell WHMC" to a Facebook page called "Expats of Walnut Hill Medical Center," according to the report. Dr. Guerra wrote, "How do I begin? I could start by saying how sorry I am that our journey together is at an end. I certainly am sorry that our Walnut Hill family will be scattering to the four winds."

The page was later taken down and employees were reportedly told Friday morning the hospital was closing.

In a statement issued Friday to The Dallas Morning News, hospital spokesperson Natalie Weeks confirmed Walnut Hill Medical Center had closed. The statement did not include details about how many employees were affected by the hospital's closure.  

According to Walnut Hill Medical Center's website, the hospital is a joint venture between a Franklin, Tenn.-based hospital management company and a development company from Texas. 

Walnut Hill Medical Center did not immediately respond to Becker's request for comment.

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