City, county and state officials representing Laurel pledged to push back against plans to convert Laurel Regional Hospital to an ambulatory care center at a forum attended by more than 100 people Monday evening.
The board of Dimensions Healthcare, which runs the hospital, announced the decision July 31. The hospital has struggled to remain profitable in recent years, prompting a consultant to recommend major changes.
The board's plan is to build a new, $24 million outpatient facility for Laurel that would continue to provide emergency and diagnostic services as well as outpatient surgery. The number of beds in the facility would be downsized to 30.