Texas Hospital Closes

TERRELL (February 13, 2013)--- Renaissance Hospital in Terrell has closed its doors as regulators question its care after two patients died and the hospital failed to pay more than $425,000 in property taxes.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Tuesday halted federal funding for the hospital in Terrell, a community of nearly 16,000 about 30 miles east of Dallas.

The hospital’s owner, Dr. Tariq Mahmood, could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

Several government entities have tax claims pending against the 102-bed hospital that was operated in a building leased from Terrell.

All 150 employees lost their jobs Tuesday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services last month began the process to revoke the hospital's license and cited the recent deaths of two patients for alleged care failures.

Specifics on the patients weren't immediately available.

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