ETMC to exit Trinity August 1, 2017

June 5, 2017

ETMC is on schedule to exit ETMC Trinity at the end of its lease, Aug. 1. ETMC notified the Trinity Memorial Hospital District in February 2015, of its decision not to renew the lease.

Poor utilization and declining reimbursement rates were among the reasons for the decision. “The decision to not extend or renew our lease of ETMC Trinity was an extremely difficult one,” said Perry Henderson, senior vice president, affiliate operations. “ETMC has leased this hospital for 20 years, so this decision is one we struggled with and did not make lightly. However, the reality of the situation is that due to changes in healthcare and low patient volumes at this facility, we can no longer afford to operate a hospital in this community.”

Declining reimbursements from payers such as Medicare and Medicaid contributed to unsustainable losses at the hospital and thus, the decision not to renew the lease.

“The leadership team at ETMC is saddened to leave Trinity,” Henderson said. “However, healthcare is changing and we are working hard to make the changes needed to remain viable and continue our mission of care in East Texas,” Henderson said.

“We have been working with the Trinity Hospital Board since 2015 to help position them for continued operations with a potential new partner,” added Henderson. Approximately 60 team members will be affected by ETMC’s exit. ETMC will provide assistance to these individuals as they seek employment, either with other ETMC facilities or elsewhere.”