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As CHRISTUS Schumpert ER closes, more patients visit neighborhood clinics

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

The doors of the CHRISTUS Schumpert emergency room closed Friday because CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier restructures their operations and moves everything to its Highland campus.

The Shreveport Fire Department said the closing could affect the time it takes to get patients to the hospital.

"Those patients that we would have taken to Schumpert main, we're not going to take them to Schumpter Highland," said Chief Scott Wolverton with SFD. "It's a little longer transport time, depending on where the run is at in the city. However, we're going to treat that patient and get them as stable as possible."

Schumpert's ER closing will most likely increase the number of patients at other ERs in the area. But the trend of getting medical care at smaller clinics also increases.

"I think we'll see in increase in patient volume as people look for emergency and urgent care," said Dr. Chris Wolcott who works at Urgent Care of Louisiana in Shreveport.

Wolcott said they've already increased their staff to handle the influx. He sees people getting away from the e-r and hospital.

 "One of the major complaints is the wait, the over-crowding of the ERs," said Dr. Wolcott. "Even with the addition of staff the waits are pretty significant. So people are looking for an affordable, convenient alternative for primary care as well as emergency care."

Kathy Kliebert, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, said the state saw this shift coming and plans for it by building more clinics instead of hospitals. She said it will not only save you cash, but give you better care.

"If you have a clinic readily available; a medical home where someone can follow you holistically you're going to have a much better health care for yourself."

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