The closure will cost 192 jobs, and hurt the city and county directly. “The hospital pays nearly $256,000 in utility, payroll and property tax to the city, making up 18 percent of city revenue,” Rob Canning reports for WKMS in Murray. “Fulton is one of the poorest communities in Western Kentucky.”
Patients who would have gone to Fulton are now likely to go to Martin or Union City,
Tenn., both 12 miles away, or Mayfield’s Jackson Purchase Medical Center, 22 miles away. Fulton County Judge-Executive David Gallagher is “in negotiations with the Fulton, South Fulton, Tenn., and
Hickman city governments to extend a one-year contract with Tri-City
Ambulance, a paid EMS service, to keep it active despite the closing,” WKMS reports.