Doctors wheel a patient into hospital hallway

Weatherhead’s J.B. Silvers discussed the closing of inpatient hospitals across the country

What’s happening at St. Vincent is part of a nationwide trend for hospitals

WEWS: J.B. Silvers, interim co-dean of Weatherhead School of Management, commented on the story about St. Vincent Charity Hospital ending inpatient care, citing financial reasons. More hospitals have closed in Cuyahoga County than remain open—for one reason. “Nobody goes there anymore,” Silvers said, because patients prefer the major teaching hospitals for complicated health issues and head to local urgent care for more minor issues—and it’s happening nationally. “Running a hospital entails a whole lot of fixed costs,” he said. “…And if you don’t have enough people coming through the door you don’t have the revenue.”