The Future of Huey P. Long Hospital - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

The Future of Huey P. Long Hospital

Posted: Updated:

PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved a proposal to allow Rapides Regional Medical Center and Christus St. Frances Cabrini to take over operation of the Huey P. Long Medical Center.

But until a final decision is made the issue is filled with uncertainty- for both patients and employees. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton spoke with some of those employees today to find out how they're feeling about the upcoming decision.

Employees of Huey P. Long Medical Center stopped by the Pineville Community Center Tuesday morning for a breakfast, held by the Pineville Concerned Citizens, that was put on especially in their honor.

"They're working hard. They're working under a lot of pressure. There's a lot of uncertainty and we felt that we needed to do something to show our appreciation," says Angelina Iles, President of the Pineville Concerned Citizens.

Felecia Aaron is just one of those employees. Aaron says that although she has been a faithful employee since 1985, she can't say the same about her employer now that she could be facing what she says is an unfair retirement, with the hospital's possible closure.

"Our governor has only been in office for eight years and he'll go back to private sector but he'll get a full retirement whereas I will take a reduction in my retirement because I'll be penalized because I don't have the age of 55 or my 30 years even though I will be minus my 30 years by... seven months," says R.N. Felecia Aaron.

Until a decision is made by the Joint Budget Board, all of the hospital's few hundred employees will continue to work under a cloud of uncertainty.

"I'm going to stay with Huey P until the very end because I love working there. The employees- my co-workers- are wonderful people. Hard-working and dedicated," says L.P.N. Carrie Ferguson.

As they prepare to face the changes that come with the privatization of the Huey P. Long Medical Center.

"Try to look for a job. After being at one facility for 29 years. That's a big, big change," adds Aaron.

A hospital whose employees have faithfully served Cenla's community for decades.

"They've always been our neighborhood hospital and they've always been there for us," adds Iles.

Mayor Fields also declared Tuesday 'Huey P. Long Employee Appreciation Day' in the City of Pineville.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Tropical Blog Fri (8/29)

    4 Areas of Interest In The Tropics

    4 Areas of Interest In The Tropics

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:38:26 GMT
    Friday, August 2910:30amThere is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.Cristobal (Post-Tropical Cyclone)The Center of Cristobal is last located 545 miles SSW of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is centered at 45.5N 47.1W with Maximum sustained winds of 75mph and a Minimum Central Pressure of 980mb (28.94"). This system is moving NE (055) at 44mph.Watches/Warnings:There are no current watches or warnings associated with this system..Satellite Radar analysis reveals that Cristobal has completed ...More >>
    Friday, August 2910:30amThere is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.Cristobal (Post-Tropical Cyclone)The Center of Cristobal is last located 545 miles SSW of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is centered at 45.5N 47.1W with Maximum sustained winds of 75mph and a Minimum Central Pressure of 980mb (28.94"). This system is moving NE (055) at 44mph.Watches/Warnings:There are no current watches or warnings associated with this system..Satellite Radar analysis reveals that Cristobal has completed ...More >>
  • Family of instructor killed by 9-year-old with Uzi speaks

    Family of instructor killed by 9-year-old with Uzi speaks

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:36:40 GMT
    NEW YORK (CBS News) -- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child.More >>
    NEW YORK (CBS News) -- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child.More >>
  • UPDATE 8-29-14: Soldier charged, officer named in shooting incident

    UPDATE 8-29-14: Soldier charged, officer named in shooting incident

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:21:37 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- State Police have charged Mitchel Bethin following an officer-involved shooting involving an Alexandria Police officer.
    More >>
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- State Police have charged Mitchel Bethin following an officer-involved shooting involving an Alexandria Police officer.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.