- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) - Financially troubled Quincy Medical Center is closing at the end of the year, leaving the city south of Boston without its own acute-care hospital.

Parent company Steward Health Care announced the move Thursday, saying the hospital isn’t sustainable with current patient flow. Steward said it plans to open an urgent care facility and a 24-hour emergency department, and maintain other outpatient services in Quincy, which has a population of 90,000. Several other hospitals operate in communities nearby.

The Patriot-Ledger reports the hospital, which has 680 employees, is one of the city’s biggest taxpayers and paid $2.1 million in property taxes in the last budget year.

Steward bought the 124-year-old facility in a bankruptcy auction in 2011. Steward said the Quincy hospital had a $19.7 million loss last year. It has projected a $20 million loss for 2014.

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