Hospital system closing Lafayette emergency rom

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A hospital system is shutting down the emergency and intensive care units at its campus near downtown Lafayette.

Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health officials say the action is needed to reduce the costs of having such units at both its Lafayette hospitals.

The Journal & Courier reports (http://on.jconline.com/1jA4Ev6 ) that the move effective Sept. 1 will leave no hospital emergency room in the center of the Lafayette-West Lafayette area as both the St. Elizabeth East and IU Health Arnett hospitals are the southeastern edge of Lafayette.

St. Elizabeth officials expect to establish an urgent care clinic at the downtown Lafayette hospital.

St. Elizabeth regional president Terry Wilson says inpatient stays at the downtown hospital have declined enough that more services can be moved to the suburban hospital that opened in 2009.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com

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