Christus to close main Shreveport hospital

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 8:02 AM

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Christus Health will close Sutton Children's Medical Center in Shreveport as it moves services from Christus Schumpert St. Mary Place to south Shreveport and Bossier City.

Dr. William Lunn, Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier chief operating officer says the closure is part of a two-year plan to focus on outpatient services and close the St. Mary Place location entirely.

The Times reports (http://bit.ly/1a0jDu3 ) the changes, which start immediately, will cost about 200 jobs in Shreveport-Bossier City over the next two years.

Sutton Children's Medical Center, which opened in 2006 at the St. Mary Place location, was the health system's attempt to create a one-stop location for specialty pediatric care. Community members, led by pro golfer Hal Sutton, helped raise $7 million for the $20 million children's hospital.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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