Allen Parish Hospital to suspend emergency services March 1

Published: Feb. 22, 2013 at 3:52 PM CST
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KINDER, LA (KPLC) - The Allen Parish Hospital will soon suspend emergency services.

The hospital posted a public notice on its website stating that the emergency department will close March 1.

Hospital administrator, Dr. Patrick Robinson, said that amidst the funding shortfall, his goal is to work with each department to make them more efficient and to make the hospital as best as it can be.

Robinson on Friday said the emergency rooms are funded by in-patient revenue.

"Over the past six months, there hasn't been enough people coming in and the hospital has been losing money," he said.

Robinson said the way to save the hospital is to cut personnel and services.

"And beginning March 1, that is what will happen with the emergency room," he said.

Robinson said he hopes to open an after-hours clinic for patients who need care after hospital hours.

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