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Oklahoma hospital closes its doors

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SAYRE, Okla. – A hospital in an Oklahoma town has closed its doors, forcing residents to drive to another city for treatment.

According to the Associated Press, Sayre Memorial Hospital closed on Monday at 5 p.m. after the hospital board was unable to renegotiate its bond payments.

The city had taken out a $2 million bond to help build a surgery center and make other improvements. In April of 2013, voters approved a one percent sales tax to help subsidize the facility.

However, Mayor Eddie Tom Lakey says the closure of a private prison and the loss of oilfield jobs was too much to overcome economically.

No word on how many patients were affected by the hospital closure.

Now, residents in Sayre will need to drive 10 to 15 miles away to Elk City for treatment.