Boston: Quincy Medical Center’s Closure Hints At Fate Of Community Hospitals

By Paige Sutherland

The Quincy Medical Center is slotted to close in February after the owner, Steward Health Care, said they were not getting enough patients to keep it open. (Courtesy of Steward Health Care.)

The Quincy Medical Center is slotted to close in February after the owner, Steward Health Care, said they were not getting enough patients to keep it open. (Courtesy of Steward Health Care.)

February’s shutdown of the Quincy Medical Center will be the largest hospital closing in Massachusetts in at least a decade.

But House Democratic Majority Leader Ronald Mariano of Quincy says the closure is more telling of where most of the state’s community hospitals are heading.

Mariano said during an interview at the State House, that  a majority of the center’s patients were on Medicaid and Medicare — meaning the hospital was only being reimbursed for roughly three-fourth’s of what it spent, a system, Mariano added that is impossible to survive on.

“Unless we look at how we finance community hospitals – we are going to see a lot of them close. The dynamics of health care is changing rapidly and the old system is not going to make sustainable community hospitals,” Mariano said.

When the center closes – nearly 700 workers will be out of a job.

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