SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier has announced the closure of one hospital and the expansion of another, in what it is calling a "new strategic direction."
At a news conference Monday afternoon, CHRISTUS Health Louisiana President & CEO Stephen Wright announced the changes, which include a $55 million dollar expansion of the health system's Highland campus and the transfer of all acute care services from the Schumpert St. Mary campus to Highland.
The closure of the St. Mary campus includes the ER, as well as the Sutton Children's Medical Center.
"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," Wright said in a statement released following the news conference.
At the news conference, Wright acknowledged that there is currently no pediatric orthopedic surgeon available.
Wright says the transfer of services should be complete by the end of summer. An estimated 200 layoffs are expected as a result of the transition.
Wright says a consulting firm has been hired to "find alternative uses for the facilities" on the Schumpert St. Mary Campus.
Of the changes, Wright says they will be able to provide "more services to more people in the future overall," and that "We're excited about this direction."
Wright says the $55 million expansion at the Highland campus will include a new comprehensive cancer center, a new neonatal intensive care unit and expanded OB, ER and radiology services, and a new inpatient rehabilitation center.
It will also expand the number of beds at Highland and remodel all existing patient rooms.
The plan also calls for the expansion of outpatient and ambulatory services with new facilities in Shreveport and Bossier City.
Wright says they will continue with home health care services, and both of their Louisiana athletic clubs in Shreveport and Bossier City will remain open, as well as their long term care hospital, Dubuis.
This isn't the first "strategic shift" for the CHRISTUS Health System in recent years.
CHRISTUS Schumpert Highland joined the CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System in October 1999. The 160-bed acute care hospital included birthing suites, medical and surgical care, a rehabilitation unit, skilled nursing, comprehensive coronary care, orthopedics and emergency services.
In 2010, CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System implemented changes at both the St. Mary and Highland campuses, as part of a "strategic shift" in their operations.
Services at the St. Mary campus, which includes a 601-bed hospital, were re-focused around the CHRISTUS Sutton Children's Hospital, women's services and comprehensive cancer care.
The 106-bed CHRISTUS Sutton Children's Hospital, opened in early 2006, and includes a 16-bed Level 1 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Services at Highland were expanded to provide more capacity and technology for adult medicine and surgical services in a growing area of the city. Emergency departments at both campuses continued to operate.
CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System of Shreveport is a Catholic nonprofit system owned and operated by CHRISTUS Health Dallas Texas.