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Closing CHRISTUS Schumpert affects more than just hospital

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CHRISTUS Health Louisiana announced Monday it is restructuring, moving most of its services from the Schumpert campus on St. Mary's Place to its Highland campus on Bert Kouns Industrial Loop.

The decision not only affects the doctors who work in that building, but also medical professionals in the neighborhood surrounding the hospital.

"There are probably five or six surgeons that work out of here that use Schumpert's main campus here at St. Mary's weekly. So they're going to have to go some place else," explained Dr. Steven Atchison, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana.

He and his fellow surgeons work out of Specialists Health Services, which is less than a block from the CHRISTUS Schumpert campus.

Atchison said Wednesday those doctors who perform surgery there will most likely have to move with the hospital over to the CHRISTUS Highland campus.

Since the announcement was just made this week, Atchison said there are still a lot of big questions and not a lot of answers.

"We're unsure, yet, of what impact not only to our practices here, but to our work flow, schedules as to where are these people going to go," he said.

Dr. Antonio Pizarro works in a medical office building that CHRISTUS Schumpert owns, but knows his office will not move.

While some procedures this gynecologic surgeon performs at Schumpert will move, Dr. Pizarro is confident his patients will still receive the same type of care.

"I was in the hospital for the first two years of my practice," said Pizarro. "When we moved here, it was just a move, a change of address. There was no sort of lapse or stuttering of the care given and I don't think that's going to change.

This move is also going to affect the Northwestern State University College of Nursing. Only a parking lot separates the school from the hospital.

Dr. Norann Planchock, the dean, said the hospital played a vital role in forming the College of Nursing, and it is going to be lonely without them. However, Dr. Planchock is hopeful the investment into the Highland campus will give the nursing and allied health students some great clinical experience.

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