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 closed beginning Aug. 29 at 7 a.m.

The hospital company will continue its out-patient services, particularly at ShorePoint Health Park on Jacaranda Boulevard.

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

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Before:CHS bought the hospital from HMA for $7.6 billion

Kelly Enriquez, CEO of Shorepoint Venice, spent the better part of Monday answering questions from employees in various departments of 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 staff at Shorepoint Venice have provided excellent care to the residents of Venice for years, and we are extremely grateful for their dedication and compassion.

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

Physician network to continue seeing patients in Venice area practices

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

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