Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima has announced that they will be closing. Astria Health System President and CEO John M. Gallagher stated: “It is with deep regret that we have to make this announcement. We have worked diligently to sustain the Astria Regional Medical Center hospital and to avoid closing it, but healthcare industry delivery models continue to shift from inpatient care to outpatient models and due to its continued operating losses, lenders have no interest in refinancing the debt associated with Astria Regional Medical Center. Closure is, therefore, necessary as no other feasible option is available. We want to assure our patients that Astria Health’s highest priority remains their care and we are working closely with other Astria Health Hospitals and with other local providers on their behalf.” The full press release announcing the close is available online.