POSTED: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 2:09pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 20, 2011 - 6:42pm
BATON ROUGE, La — Earl K. Long Medical Center (EKLMC), 5825 Airline Highway, will close its inpatient labor and delivery services beginning, Friday, July 1, 2011. This closure will include the Well Newborn Nursery, Intermediate Care Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery.
EKLMC will move its labor and delivery services to Woman’s Hospital, 9050 Airline Highway, in Baton Rouge.
“Our plan is to ensure the best services possible for our patients while allowing the LSU Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) residency program to maintain its high level of training,” said Dr. Kathy Viator, CEO of EKLMC.
The LSU OB/GYN program will continue its prenatal and woman’s services and fetal stress testing at the outpatient clinic at the LSU North Baton Rouge Clinic, 5439 Airline Highway, in Baton Rouge.
Staff members currently assigned to labor and delivery and supporting care areas will be provided positions within EKLMC and LSU clinics in Baton Rouge. A reduction in employees is not anticipated.
The Health Care Services Division of LSU Health is one of the largest public health care delivery systems in the country. It has over 37,000 inpatient admissions, 191,000 inpatient days, 576,000 outpatient clinic visits, 1,068,000 outpatient encounters, and 269,000 emergency department visits. Each year more than 1200 residents and fellows from the LSU and Tulane Schools of Medicine and Ochsner Health System and 3,200 nurses and allied health students from many colleges and universities are trained in LSU HCSD facilities.