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KSLA News 12 Editorial: May 22, 2013-Sutton Children's Hospital Closing

It was a big announcement this week. I was at the news conference when Christus Schumpert announced they are closing the Sutton Children's Hospital in Shreveport. It was a shock.

Only 7 years ago the $20 million children's hospital opened thanks in part to professional golfer Hal Sutton. The concept was ambitious: Operate a specialized hospital just for children hiring doctors and nurses who have specific training and buying equipment designed to treat infants, toddlers and the youngest among us. Now, many of those doctors are gone and others face layoffs.

So what happened? It comes down to money. The business plan for Sutton Children's was unsustainable. The hospital system had to subsidize the pediatric center at a rate of $10 million dollars a year.

It was a tough decision but one that had to be made.

I remember how proud everyone was in 2006 at the opening of Sutton Children's Hospital. It's sad to see it going away.

I'm James Smith.

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