Florida hospital ShorePoint Health closes after lease proposal ignored

VENICE – ShorePoint Health Venice Hospital closed its doors at noon Thursday – ending a 71-year run for the healthcare facility on the island.

Officials with ShorePoint Health, which is owned by Franklin, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc., blamed the closure on the opening of the Venice campus of Sarasota Memorial Hospital in November.

CHS refused several attempts by Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System to lease all or part of the facility, which sought to maintain easy access to hospital services on the island.

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A ShorePoint Health spokesman said via email Wednesday that no formal proposal was made.

“No other healthcare provider has presented a formal proposal to provide any kind of ongoing healthcare services in the current hospital location,” spokesman Rolando Irizarry wrote.

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