CHRISTUS Schumpert announces "strategic shift"

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Some big changes are in the works for two Shreveport Hospitals in the CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System.

According to a statement released Tuesday, CHRISTUS Schumpert plans to implement "a new strategic direction for the region."

The health system's St. Mary Place campus currently includes a 601-bed hospital with physicians serving all major medical specialties, including cardiovascular services, oncology, orthopedic and neurological services, primary care, surgical services and women and children's services. The 106-bed CHRISTUS Sutton Children's Hospital opened in early 2006. It includes a 16-bed Level 1 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

As part of their new direction, services at St. Mary Place will be pared down to focus on three specialties: CHRISTUS Sutton Children's Hospital, women's services and comprehensive cancer care.

At the same time, the statement says services at the Highland campus "will be expanded to provide more capacity and technology for adult medicine and surgical services in a growing area of the city."

According to their web site, Highland currently offers a 160-bed acute care hospital, and includes birthing suites, medical and surgical care, a rehabilitation unit, skilled nursing, comprehensive coronary care, orthopedics and emergency services.

"This strategy will allow us to concentrate on those services at which we excel," said William Lunn, M.D., Regional Chief Operating Officer.  "Sutton Children's and the CHRISTUS Schumpert Cancer Center already enjoy regional reputations for high quality personalized care and we believe the St. Mary campus will become a destination for these centers of excellence while the Highland campus will be better positioned to meet their growing patient demand in that area of the city," Lunn continued.

Emergency departments will continue to operate at both campuses; the Schumpert St. Mary campus will continue to operate the Sutton Children's emergency department and an adult emergency department with a special focus on women's services and oncology cancer care.

These changes will be implemented within the next several months. The statement did not address how the changes will affect staffing at the hospitals.

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