NATCHEZ — The Merit Health network is closing its community campus in Natchez next month.
The Nov. 11 closure comes as Merit Health Natchez finalizes a planned consolidation of the Natchez hospital market. Officials said this week the last day any new patients will be admitted to the Merit Health Natchez – Community Campus will be Nov. 8.
Starting Nov. 9, all new admissions and outpatient services will be provided solely at the Merit Health Natchez main campus — the former Natchez Regional Medical Center facility.
The Natchez Democrat reports the hospital has invested about $25 million in the main facility in advance of the consolidation.
The emergency room at the Community campus will remain open until noon Nov. 11 but anyone requiring admission will be transferred to the main campus.
The hospital has already begun the process of moving Community campus employees to the Merit Health Natchez payroll and contracts with third-party vendors have been reassigned to the main campus, said Merit Health Natchez Chief Executive Officer Eric Robinson
The hospital is not ready at this time to discuss how the consolidation might impact staffing, Robinson said.
“Our first obligation is to inform our employees regarding any adjustment to staffing,” he said. “We will make internal notifications first before we plan to comment publicly. As volume grows Merit Health Natchez, we will be able to increase staffing as needed and anyone that is impacted will be eligible for rehire or other vacancies.”
What will ultimately happen to the Community campus is still undecided.
“At the moment, no future plans for the Community Campus have been finalized,” Robinson said. “We will continue to maintain the facility and the grounds until a final decision or disposition can be made.”