Options for Palm Drive dwindle

SEBASTOPOL -- The fate of Palm Drive Hospital could be decided as soon as today, with the health care district set to take up a resolution that, if passed, would amount to a "substantial termination of services" less than a week after declaring "fiscal emergency" and clearing the way for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.Coverage of Palm Drive Hospital financial challengesNurses union, advocates protest potential Palm Drive closure

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Taken together, the resolution being considered and the move to Chapter 9 -- barely four years after emerging from the same scenario --  would effectively shutter the long struggling facility.

The district is set to meet tonight and take up the measure after delaying it last week, following hours of impassioned pleas from residents and employees who said they wanted more time to process the news and come up with a possible solution. The district could close the acute care and emergency departments as soon as April 28.

"We're out of money, and we can't pay our vendors on a regular basis," said hospital Chief Executive Officer Tom Harlan at the meeting. He said the realization of insolvency was "alarming and very depressing."

"The conclusion was there is no sustainable path for Palm Drive," he said.

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