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Huey P. Long Medical Center shuts down

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 PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- Sunday night at midnight, Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville officially shut its doors to patients.

In an effort to privatize the hospital, the decision was made last year to close it. 

For employees past and present, the closure of the hospital is a sad end of an era. News Channel 5's Brooke Buford has more. 

Kimberly Walker can hardly keep back the tears at the thought of Huey P. Long Medical Center closing and the loss of her job and patients' care.

"Grief. Sadness," said Walker. "I'm worried about our patients. We'll find other jobs. But, I'm worried about our patients and making sure they are cared for.

Walker, who worked in social services, has been looking for a new job for the past year since the closure was announced. She became unemployed as of midnight.

"That's scary," she said. "I've been looking for over year. I've had maybe three interviews in that year. I've never looked this hard for a job and not had one."

Monica Dennis' father was a former administrator of the hospital for nearly 30 years. She said she never imagined this day would come.

"I never thought this would have happened," said Dennis. "About seven years ago, there was talk about a new hospital being built and everyone was real eager for that day to happen. Then about seven years later - this. It's unbelievable."

Gwen Maddox, another former employee who organized a private closure event on Sunday, believes the state failed them.

"In many ways, not so much the hospital, but the indigent of our state," said Maddox. "There are a lot of unanswered questions about where those healthcare needs are going to be met."

Questions with no answers in sight.

Last week, a judge ruled that the legislature violated open meetings law when the fate of Huey P. Long was decided. That decision didn't halt the closure. But, it left it open for an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

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