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Former employees remember Huey P. Long Medical Center

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 PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Sunday at midnight, Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville will shut down after more than 70 years of medical service to the poor.

Sunday afternoon, past and present employees mourned the loss of the hospital at a service at Mount Olivet cemetery.  

The organizer of the ceremony says she chose the cemetery because it represented the end of life, in this case, the hospital.

Several dozen employees and family members placed flowers at a statue of an angel there.

Some say they feel as if the state failed them.   

"Tonight at 11:59 pm, they'll lock the doors," said Gwen Maddox, a former employee and organizer. "I don't think I even believe it. We heard about it through the years when there were budget constraints and they were going to close the hospital. But, we were always reassured that we would have a place in this community to provide for the indigent and we never believed it would come."

Some current employees say they still don't have new jobs. Most say they're worried that their patients won't find new medical care.



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