On August 25, the Riverland Medical Center Board of Directors unanimously agreed to suspend the hospital surgery program.

The department will be open for the next 60 days.

In a letter to the medical staff, CEO Sam Ellard and COO Nekeisha L. Smith, said the suspension “was due to the massive loss that the department has incurred over the last 18 months.

“It has been requested that administration start a search for a Primary Care Physician followed by a surgeon. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused but we are looking forward to being back in operation in the near future. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact administration.”

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