Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital permanently will close its inpatient units on July 13, when the facility will convert to an outpatient center.

Summa Health System, the hospital’s owner, previously unveiled plans earlier this year to end Wadsworth-Rittman’s inpatient services as part of a sweeping system-wide overhaul, which also included the closure of the emergency department at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron.

After inpatient services end next month, the facility will be known as the Summa Health Center at Wadsworth-Rittman, the health system announced on Friday.

In a news release, Summa indicated the transition from full-service community hospital to outpatient health center is taking place “to both strengthen the health system today while transforming the organization for tomorrow.”

“Summa remains committed to serving the Wadsworth community,” said Dr. Tom Malone, the health system’s chief operating officer.

Wadsworth-Rittman will continue to operate an emergency department with an observation unit, according to the health system.

Other services will include expanded primary-care offices, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, general medical services, general surgical services, geriatric medicine, gynecology, outpatient infusion services, neurology, oncology/hematology, orthopedics, pain management, plastic surgery, podiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation services, sports medicine and vascular services.

About 40 of the hospital’s 360 employees could lose their jobs when inpatient services end next month, Summa spokesman Mike Bernstein said. Some of those impacted could find other positions in the health system.

Although the hospital had a positive operating margin in 2013, declining inpatient revenues increasingly are having a negative impact on the bottom line, according to Summa officials. Wadsworth-Rittman lost $530,000 in the first quarter this year, which system leaders attributed to losses on the inpatient side.

Summa already has been scaling back inpatient care at the community hospital in Wadsworth in recent years. The hospital closed its maternity unit in 2009, despite protests from families who had their babies in the unit and those who planned to deliver there

An estimated 90 percent of the services provided at Wadsworth-Rittman now are done on an outpatient basis.

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