Houston hospital to close emergency room

HOUSTON, Miss. (AP) — When the emergency room at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston, Mississippi, closes in early September, the number of ER's in Chickasaw County will go down to zero.

Hospital chief executive officer Gary Staten tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo (http://bit.ly/1qH9T1e ) the emergency room will close Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

Staten says the hospital can't support emergency services any longer.

Staten says the hospital will open a clinic in its place.

He says the clinic will have a three teams led by a nurse practitioner for a total of 15 people. Staten says the clinic's operation costs will lower than an emergency room.

The clinic will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

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Information from: WTVA-TV, http://www.wtva.com

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