After 49 years in operation, Bowie Memorial Hospital has officially closed its doors.
Officials locked up around 7 am Monday morning.
The hospital board had hoped to save Bowie Memorial Hospital through the creation of a new hospital district, but the measure failed to pass earlier this month when 53 percent of voters turned down the tax district.
"It's an unfortunate situation," Bowie Mayor Larry Slack said. "I was surprised at the vote, but it is what it is. As far as the city council and the City of Bowie perspective, we will do the best that we can do make the situation work."
Bowie Memorial's closure will affect 138 hospital employees and hundreds of other jobs within the community.
"Our protocol, with regard to emergency room issues, will be the same as it has always been," Mayor Slack said. "The patient will be transported to the nearest appropriate facility, except Bowie Memorial Hospital will not be one of those that is considered. "
Mayor Slack says a team of about 15 people will stay at the hospital for a couple more days to help close out accounts and pack up supplies and equipment.