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Unit at Morton Hospital essential, state says

Presses hospital to reconsider closing

Morton Hospital’s pediatric unit, slated to close next month, provides critical access to health care for children in the Taunton region, according to a strongly worded state finding that, though not binding, is meant to pressure the hospital to reconsider.

Steward Health Care, the for-profit hospital group that bought the troubled facility in 2011, has said it will close the 13-bed unit because it sees a low number of children and teens, with on average fewer than one patient admission each day.

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