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ArkLaTex In-Depth: Is there an ER emergency in Shreveport-Bossier?

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

CHRISTUS Health is closing down its emergency rooms on its Schumpert campus.


With the loss of the major emergency rooms in the Shreveport-Bossier market, LSU Health and Willis-Knighton are bracing for the impact of the 40,000 patients from Schumpert that may need care. 

LSU has the closest emergency rooms to Schumpert at only 1.5 miles away. 

Emergency medicine Chairman Tom Arnold said they are amping up pediatric services for the patients of Sutton Children's Hospital.

"Those patients will have to be seen somewhere. We anticipate they will probably distribute to multiple hospitals throughout the area. We feel we will probably get a number of those. We're trying to plan to handle half of that volume if they choose to come here," said Dr. Arnold.

Meanwhile, doctors with Willis-Knighton Bossier expect an influx of patients from Bossier City and north Shreveport coming through their doors. 

It's seven miles away from Schumpert, but according to Dr. Michael Williams, Willis-Knighton has the only emergency department in Bossier City.

"There's room to expand some more, but that doesn't happen quickly. As far as what's going to happen in the short term, we can just be ready with more physicians. We may have to work more hours to take care of the increased volume we may see," said Dr. Williams.
 
CHRISTUS will still provide emergency room services. Two weeks before shifting its pediatric ER to the adult side, and a month before that main ER closes, CHRISTUS cut the ribbon on expanded facilities at its Highland Medical Center on Bert Kouns. That's eight miles south of St. Mary's Pl. in an area with higher traffic.
 
"We know that traffic can be hard sometimes in the morning and late afternoon, but that's part of being in a bustling, booming part of the city," said CHRISTUS Chief Operations Officer Dr. William Lunn.

Just as Lunn believes access for emergency vehicles shouldn't be a problem, he said parents shouldn't be overly concerned there will no longer be an ER that caters exclusively to children.

"What we've been able to do is to retain some of our nurses who were in the Sutton Children's emergency department. They will be transitioning to the Highland emergency department. We'll add that level of expertise here," said Lunn. 

 

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