Bleacher Reports is reporting that Danbury, the largest city in Connecticut, is planning to close all of its three primary healthcare hospitals for two days after three of its residents died of complications related to dehydration at the hospital’s Danbury Medical Center.
The hospital has been plagued by a string of fatal patient deaths, including that of a 15-year-old girl who died in March.
The facility also suffered a serious fire last month that destroyed most of its main building.
The closure of the hospitals is part of a larger effort to reduce its reliance on the Medicaid expansion program.
The new plan calls for the closure of Danbury’s Mount Sinai Hospital and the nearby Danbury Children’s Hospital, both of which serve Medicaid enrollees.
The hospitals will remain open until further notice.
As of Thursday morning, the two hospitals had reopened for patient care, but were not operating as planned.
“We’re doing all we can to minimize the impact on the community and on the patients,” said Danbury Mayor Mark DellaVera.
“Our priority right now is to protect the lives and health of our patients and staff.”