Surgical hospital in Louisiana closes
Jul. 26, 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana state officials say a surgical hospital has been closed for business.
The Advocate reports Champion Medical Center in north Baton Rouge submitted forms to the Louisiana Department of Health, saying it would close on Aug. 13 and has stopped providing in-patient and out-patient services on July 13.
The department's spokesman Bob Johannessen says the closure happens when a facility stops providing medical care, which makes the hospital's effective closing date July 13.
Champion opened in 2014 and was an 11-bed facility that provided services in several areas including spinal surgery.
In 2016, the hospital sought government money to build a small emergency room. However, Gov. John Bel Edwards later announced that his administration had reached a deal with another hospital and said Champion had too many problems.