Covering Louisiana

Dec 2, 2013 9:12 AM by AP

Clinics set to open as part of hospital closing

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) - Huey P. Long Medical Center has been a safety net for people in Central Louisiana who struggle to afford health insurance for more than 70 years.

It's transitioning into private management. The services provided there for so many years are moving to clinics and other hospitals.

Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center have agreed to take over services provided by Huey P. Long as part of the state's efforts to privatize its public hospitals.

The Town Talk reports the first step in that is moving outpatient services from Huey P. Long into clinics run by Cabrini and Rapides Regional.

Rapides Regional will open an additional clinic location on the Huey P. Long campus in the coming weeks.

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