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April 19, 2014
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Marian Community Hospital to close; employees to receive career assistance


“It is apparent that the present economic conditions in Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond, combined with the current climate of health care in general continues to be our lived reality and has forced this most difficult conclusion,” Bishop Bambera said.

The bishop asked the faithful of the diocese to join him in praying for their enduring strength and resolve and “for the continued provision of health care in our community that defends Catholic teaching.”

“We’re exploring how the facility could be a health wellness center where would be emergency services, minor surgery sites, doctors’ offices and an array of other health care services,” said the City of Carbondale Mayor Justin Taylor. “Already I’ve gotten some phone calls from some hospital to see if they can use the facility,” he said.

The hospital is the largest employer in the area and health care was the largest industry cluster,

Health care is one of the fastest fields for employment in the nation, he said. “We’re going to be aggressive in attracting health care providers of some kinds to come here,” he said.