Corcoran hospital ER shuts down for good

March 23, 2013 12:42:25 AM PDT
State prison cuts mean residents of the Kings County town of Corcoran will have to go out of town for most medical treatment.

The emergency room at the Corcoran District Hospital shut down Friday. The hospital has also quit performing surgeries and its 32 hospital beds are empty. Half of the hospital, 80 employees have been laid off.

It's all because the state prison system is cutting medical care for inmates and Corcoran State Prison provided the hospital with much of its business.

Hospital CEO Jon Brenn says the hospital will operate as an out-clinic.

Anyone needing emergency care should go to the hospital in Hanford.