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Horton nurse speaks out on situation at Horton hospital

HORTON, Kan. (KSNT) - For the last three years, Krissy Torkelson has worked at the Horton Community Hospital.
Just within the last year when a new company called Empower took over the hospital, she's noticed a huge difference, like her paycheck being sent out days late and the hospital running low on supplies.

"We have not run out of oxygen but we have definitely run low, not knowing when we would be able to purchase more oxygen," said Torkelson.

Despite being in the digital age Torkelson says the hospital still relies on files, not computers for patient information.
When the hospital recently ran out of paper and ink employees paid to replace it out of their own pocket.

She and other hospital employees recently learned they were paying for life insurance only to later find out they weren't actually covered.

"We cant afford to lose our hospital, we just really can't. it would put a burden on a lot of us," said Horton resident Roger Madere.
He uses the hospital frequently and is worried the recent problem could be a sign the hospital is closing.

KSNT News made multiple calls to Empower, the company that owns Horton Hospital.

They never answered or returned any of our calls.

KSNT News also went to interim CEO of the hospital, Ty Compton for answers. 
He originally agreed to do an interview, then backed out and said he would give a statement, but then he backed out on that too and never sent a statment.

The issues the hospital is dealing with has caught the attention of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. They're now investigating the problems at the Horton hospital
While doing research into the company Empower, KSNT News found many lawsuits and issues at other hospitals in Kansas where electric bills were not paid.
The Hillsboro Community Hospital is also owned by Empower. After talking to City Administrator Larry Paine, he told KSNT News that the hospital was behind on electricity payments in December. The city gave them a deadline and they didn't receive payment until the day power was supposed to be cut off to the building.


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