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Huey P. Long to shut down inpatient beds

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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - It's about as official as it can get.

We received this card from LSU Health of Shreveport regarding Huey P. Long.

In a nutshell, the inpatient part of the hospital is not accepting any new admissions (with a couple exceptions/circumstances) and will start shutting things down.

The inpatient nurses will assist the ER, and the ER will continue as long as possible.

Here's the full letter:

"Dear HPL Staff,

As caregivers, our primary obligation at HPL is to provide patients with the safest, most dignified and medically appropriate service possible. 

It hasn't been easy since we have had some staffing and equipment/facility challenges along the way. However, even with our downsizing, working together, we have kept the ER and third floor inpatient beds open because of your commitment and that of your colleagues here at HPL.

With that in mind, the following policy changes are being implemented to maintain a safe patient care setting. Effective noon, Monday, February 24th, all new admission to HPL's 12 remaining inpatient beds will permanently cease. As patients are discharged, the beds will be taken out of normal service. The inpatient beds will remain empty unless there is a regional disaster requiring their use. When the inpatient area is vacated, honoring scheduling commitments, inpatient nursing staff will assist in the ER. The ER will continue to operate until the Louisiana Legislature authorizes us to discontinue the ER services and close the hospital. 

We kept the third floor inpatient area open as long as possible in light of the flu season. Thankfully, with the increasing seasonal warmth, new flus and stresses on hospitals seem to be decreasing. 

In addition, the OR services will be reduced. The only new surgical cases that will be scheduled are GYN procedures. If a patient requires a non-GYN procedure, the need to be transferred out. The OR will be open for GYN cases until about March 15. 

Working closely with leadership from the Christus and Rapides medical centers, we have already successfully transitioned most of the outpatient clinics that our community and patients depend on. 

As more information becomes available, we will certainly share it with you as soon as possible. 

Thank you.

John Dailey, JD MPA
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Chief Operating Officer
Interim Administrator, HPL Medical Center "

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