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Hal Sutton reacts to closure of Sutton Children's Medical Center

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Hal Sutton helped found the 106-bed dedicated children's hospital in 2006, after his agent's 7-year-old child, Gilbert Little, died of spinal meningitis. Hal Sutton helped found the 106-bed dedicated children's hospital in 2006, after his agent's 7-year-old child, Gilbert Little, died of spinal meningitis.
The Hal Sutton Foundation was created in the fall of 2001 by 14-time PGA Champion and Shreveport native Hal Sutton. The Hal Sutton Foundation was created in the fall of 2001 by 14-time PGA Champion and Shreveport native Hal Sutton.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

PGA Champion and Shreveport native Hal Sutton released a brief statement Monday in response to the announcement of the pending closure of Sutton Children's Medical Center.

Sutton helped found the $20 million 106-bed dedicated children's hospital in 2006, after his agent's 7-year-old daughter died of spinal meningitis.

"Of course I am disappointed, but I also understand Schumpert's position.  Today's world presents all of us with many challenges that are out of our control.  I am certain Schumpert will do their best to continue to provide quality health care for the children of our area."

"Unfortunately, in today's health care environment, we have found the business model for Sutton Children's Medical Center is not sustainable with the duplication of pediatric services in the North Louisiana region," said CHRISTUS Health Louisiana President and CEO Stephen Wright. "A majority of children in Louisiana are covered by Medicaid and that Medicaid funding has been cut by 26 percent over the last five years."

According to a statement released by CHRISTUS Health following Monday's news conference announcing the changes, despite the highly skilled physicians and nurses, Sutton Children's Medical Center has run at a deficit since its inception. Some pediatric services will be shifted to the CHRISTUS Highland campus and some of the more highly specialized pediatric services, including the pediatric intensive care unit, will be phased out.

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