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Updated Jun 21, 2012 - 8:10 am

Florence hospital closes without notifying state

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- State health officials said a Florence hospital failed to notify them in advance that the facility was shutting its doors for good.

The Arizona Republic reports the Arizona Department of Health Services said Wednesday it is considering whether to pursue any enforcement action against Florence Community Hospital.

The agency said it learned of the 23-bed hospital's closure on the day it took place. Arizona law requires state-licensed hospitals notify the health department 30 days before closing.

Florence Mayor Tom Rankin said the hospital closed Monday because of a lack of stable financing.

Representatives for Florence Community Healthcare did not return interview requests Wednesday.

The Pinal County hospital opened in July 2010 and employed 150 people.

Officials have verified the hospital's patients were transferred to other health-care facilities.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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