SENATOBIA, Miss. — Tate County's only emergency room facility will close March 19, North Oak Regional Medical Center announced Monday.
In a news release, North Oak said the decision to close its emergency room was made "in an attempt to revive the hospital as a vibrant part of the Senatobia/Tate County communities."
North Oak has operated a 76-bed, acute-care facility in Senatobia since 1975. The hospital continues to provide inpatient and outpatient care and "looks forward to a long and prosperous future in Senatobia."
North Oak also operates a primary care clinic and is considering opening another clinic with expended hours.
The closest emergency room facilities are in Southaven, Olive Branch and Batesville.
Some residents are concerned the closure will cause problems when people need care quickly.
"Late at night, where do we go? Olive Branch? Baptist DeSoto? We don't have anything close by," said Fred Kelley. "We need one here. We need an emergency room down here."
But Skip Woods of Senatobia said it wouldn't be much of a loss for the community.
"Not really, because no one goes there hardly anyways. They go to Baptist Desoto," Woods said.