Bowie Memorial Hospital closed its doors this morning, marking yet another rural Texas healthcare provider that has had to shutter amid financial problems.
KFDX reports that the facility shut down at 6 a.m. this morning. The TV station says the decision came after the residents voted down a measure to create a new tax district that would help fund the sputtering hospital. This will affect 138 employees and another 336 related jobs throughout the region, KFDX says. The hospital only had three patients at the time of the decision. No buyer has come forward, the TV station reported.
This marks the 12th rural hospital that has closed in the state since 2010. It will be the 58th in the country, according to the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program. No other state has had more rural closures than Texas; Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee all trail with five total.
Bowie is located about 90 miles northwest of Dallas, about 45 minutes southeast of Wichita Falls.