Cancer Treatment Centers of America on Wednesday announced it is closing its Tulsa hospital.
CTCA Tulsa will cease operations as of June 1, according to a news release announcing the closure. The release notes that the company has been “working tirelessly to overcome significant patient access and insurance limitations that inexplicably restrict patient care options and prevent patient choice in this market.”
“CTCA has been proud to serve the community and cancer patients from our location in Tulsa, Oklahoma, over the past 30 years,” Dana Haynie, president of CTCA Tulsa, said in the release. “Our top priorities during this transition will be to provide a seamless transition of our patients’ care and ensure our 400 employees are provided with resources and support as they navigate this difficult time as well.”
Patients were notified Wednesday of the upcoming closure.
In an interview with the Tulsa World, Haynie said the decision to close was made because CTCA Tulsa saw no “sustainable path forward” due to patients’ limited ability to choose to receive treatment there.
“Every day we were having to tell more patients we weren’t able to take them,” she said.
Haynie pointed out that health care “is provided particularly at a local level” and CTCA found itself unable to serve “the majority of city and state residents.”
“We’ve been working to overcome these challenges for many years,” she said.
CTCA Tulsa’s primary focus will now become ensuring that its patients can continue their treatment either within the Cancer Treatment Centers of America system or with a local provider of their choice, Haynie said.
The hospital will also work to help its employees find new jobs, she said.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America opened a Tulsa facility in the former City of Faith hospital building in 1990 and moved to its current location visible from U.S. 169 in 2005.
As part of a national network of cancer hospitals, CTCA Tulsa combines advanced forms of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and imaging services with scientifically supported therapies such as nutrition, spiritual support, mind-body medicine and naturopathic medicine. CTCA has programs for treating neurological, gastrointestinal, hematologic, head and neck, lung and breast cancers, among others.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America has other hospitals in Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and Philadelphia, and outpatient clinics in Chicago; Gilbert, Arizona; Gurnee, Illinois; and North Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.
Other CTCA hospitals are not facing closure, Haynie said, and the company will remain focused on sites “where they have more ability to grow.”