Community Health Systems Inc. to close ShorePoint Health Venice

VENICE — Community Health Systems Inc . is closing its ShorePoint Health Venice hospital effective Sept. 22, with emergency services suspended as of 7 a.m. Aug. 29.

The hospital company will continue its outpatient services, specifically at ShorePoint Health Park on Jacaranda Boulevard.

Hospital officials, in a news release, pointed to changes in health care services available in the region — specifically the opening of Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s new campus in Venice last November — as a reason for the closure.

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ShorePoint Venice CEO Kelly Enriquez spent a good portion of Monday answering questions from employees in various departments at the hospital.

ShorePoint Venice CEO Kelly Enriquez spent most of Monday morning answering questions from employees about plans to close the hospital on Sept. 22.

In a prepared statement, Enriquez said, “The employees of ShorePoint Venice have provided exceptional care to the residents of Venice throughout the years, and we are extremely grateful for their dedication and compassion.

“Retaining our valued team members is our top priority during this transition,” she added.

Physician network to continue seeing patients in Venice area practices

Current plans call for ShorePoint Medical Group physician specialist network members to continue seeing patients in their Venice-area practices, and the hospital is exploring how it might align with one of its remaining hospitals, ShorePoint Port Charlotte.

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