Hillsboro Community Hospital declares bankruptcy

The Hillsoboro Community Hospital isn't closing its doors, but with a financial strain, the hospital this week declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The Hillsboro Free Press reports from a hospital spokesman that "this action is taken to protect the improvements that have been made and to continue on that pathway."

The newspaper reports Hillsboro Community Hospital was one of two Empower-owned hospitals to file bankruptcy this week. Horton Community Hospital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday, a day after Hillsboro Community Hospital made the move.

In January, Eyewitness News learned the hospital in Hillsboro was three months behind on utility bills , owing the city almost $30,000. At that time, the hospital's owner, based in Florida, said this is a problem many rural hospitals face late in the year, claiming it serves a population more likely to be uninsured and has to wait on Medicare reimbursement at the start of the year.

At that point, the hospital and city agreed the hospital's future was not in question and would remain open.