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Clinton Emergency Department to close overnight due to nursing shortage

As of Monday, December 2, the emergency room will only accept patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The decision was made by HPHA's board of directors in early November, because 15% of hospital visits to the Clinton emergency department happen during overnight hours. 

Emergency room will only accept patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m

Clinton Public Hospital will soon start closing overnight due to a shortage of nurses. (Shutterstock)

The Emergency Department at Clinton Public Hospital will close during overnight hours, starting in December. 

The change is because of a nursing shortage, according to a Huron Healthcare Alliance statement posted on its website. 

As of Monday, December 2, the emergency room will only accept patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The decision was made by HPHA's board of directors in early November, because 15% of hospital visits to the Clinton emergency department happen during overnight hours. 

"It some cases there are no patients seen during this time," the notice said. 

The alliance has been struggling to recruit staff for the last five years.  It attributes the problem to local nurses retiring and part-time staff pursuing other jobs. In the last year, administrators have placed 18 job postings to try to hire nurses.  

The overnight closure will be in place "until further notice."