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Board of Directors to vote Wednesday on closing Jacksonville RMC

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The Board of Directors for Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center (RMC) were scheduled to vote Wednesday evening on whether to shut down Jacksonville RMC according to State Senator Del Marsh.

Marsh told ABC 33/40 News he met Wednesday morning with hospital leadership and members of the local leadership delegation. Last week the Chairman of the Board of Directors denied rumors a decision to close the hospital was imminent but acknowledged it had been financially under-performing.

"You know that's a big unknown. Ultimately it could close but there's been no decision on that," said Chairman Buddy Grizzard in a phone interview.

Jacksonville State University had strongly denied rumors it was looking to buy the facility to house its displaced nursing program. On Wednesday, a spokeswoman told ABC 33/40 News the school's position had changed but declined to comment further until a scheduled announcement by RMC was made Thursday.

RMC has two additional campuses. The chairman said the company would look to absorb as many jobs as possible there if the Jacksonville campus was forced to close.

RMC Jacksonville is a 104-bed hospital. The 24-hour emergency department at RMC Jacksonville includes a Level II Trauma Center with nine treatment rooms, including two cardiac/trauma beds, an orthopedic room, treatment room for expectant mothers and pediatric patients.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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