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First AIDS Hospital Closing This Week

December 06, 1987|Associated Press

HOUSTON — The nation's first hospital devoted to caring for AIDS patients will close its doors this week because of financial problems, its owner said Friday.

The American Medical International hospital chain, which owns the Institute for Immunological Disorders, announced in August that it planned to phase out operations at the facility because of operating losses exceeding $8 million, but no date was given then.

"The Dec. 11 date was chosen for employees to plan around," said Ann Wheeler, spokeswoman for AMI. "No official announcement was made."

The last hospitalized patients were transferred or discharged from the institute during the first part of November, Wheeler said. The hospital has operated as an outpatient clinic since that time.

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