Trenton Hospital to Convert to Outpatient Clinic
JACKSON, Tenn. – Gibson General Hospital in Trenton will no longer be a hospital and instead become an outpatient clinic at the beginning of 2014. Late Tuesday afternoon, the West Tennessee Healthcare Board approved the change. Officials said the decision was made based on a community needs assessment of the Gibson County area. As a result, leaders with Jackson-Madison County General Hospital announced that the hospital operations at Gibson General will end, effective January 1, 2014. However, the medical center in Trenton will continue after hours walk-in care. Hospital leaders point to a continual drop on non-emergency visits to Trenton’s facility as the reason for closure. Meanwhile, Milan General Hospital will remain open along with Humboldt General Hospital, which will undergo some changes at it becomes an emergency center operating as the north campus of Jackson-Madison County General Emergency Room. Hospital officials said they are still working on details of future facilities in Trenton, bud plan no interruption in health care services and the goal is for no employees with the hospital to lose their jobs. Officials said that employees with Gibson General Hospital will either be reassigned or offered early retirement.