- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

MONROE, La. (AP) - Officials at St. Francis Medical Center say the organization will consolidate services from north campus, on U.S. Highway 165, to other locations, including St. Francis’ main campus in downtown Monroe.

The transition will begin Oct. 1 and be completed by Nov. 1. The north campus, which has served largely as an outpatient facility, will be closed.

Kristin Wolkart, St. Francis Medical Center President and CEO, said in a news release Thursday the hospital system can’t afford to provide primary access from two acute care locations while receiving some of the lowest Medicaid and uncompensated care reimbursement in the state.

Wolkart said the consolidation could save $1 million or more per year.

In August, the organization was considering shuttering its century-old downtown campus, citing $3.5 million monthly utility costs.

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