Christus Health Shreveport-Bossier marked a new phase of construction Tuesday as part of a $55 million plan to relocate and consolidate its services at its Highland Medical Center.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for its West Wing, which will house cancer treatment, neonatal care, a birthing center, and a rehabilitation unit. With the completion of the West Wing 18 months from now, all units from its soon-to-be closed Schumpert Medical Center will be relocated to Highland.
Christus Health CEO Stephen Wright speaks to reporters about the reorganization of his hospital that will ultimately direct more services toward primary care.
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Christus Health will close its Christus Schumpert St. Mary's Place medical complex in Shreveport and consolidate many services into its Highland Medical Center in Shreveport. CEO Stephen Wright announced at a news conference Monday that the cost cutting move will eliminate 200 jobs over the next two years, trimming its workforce by about 10 percent. Wright said the Sutton Children’s Medical Center, which has been running a $10 million annual deficit in recent years, will also close.