YADKINVILLE, N.C. -- The Yadkin Valley Community Hospital was abruptly closed late this afternoon, leaving the 37,000 residents of Yadkin County without a hospital.
According to Yadkin County Attorney Ed Powell, the county, which owns the facility, learned that the company that leases and operates the hospital planned to close the facility and fire the employees Saturday morning.
In reaction to that news, attorneys for Yadkin County went to court in Raleigh to get a temporary injunction preventing that company, CAH Acquisition 10, LLC from closing it down.
CAH Acquisition 10 had a lease to operate the hospital until July 31 and has been in negotiations with Yadkin County over terms of that lease.
Late this afternoon, a Superior Court Judge in Raleigh granted Yadkin County a restraining order to force the hospital operator to keep the doors open.
According Powell, when attorneys for CAH Acquisition 10 were notified of the court order, they responded by saying that the hospital was already closed.
According to the Yadkin County Emergency Services shift supervisor, there were no patients in the hospital at the time of closure.
Yadkin County EMS says it will handle all calls as normal and will station a paramedic unit at the hospital overnight should anyone need emergency medical attention.