Louisiana hospital to close this month, aims to reopen in 2016

Dauterive Hospital is set to close its doors before the new year, but the Iberia, La.-based hospital plans to reopen in the spring under a new name, according to The Daily Iberian.

In October, Iberia (La.) Medical Center signed a letter of intent to purchase 103-bed Dauterive Hospital, and the deal was finalized on Monday.

Although Dauterive will shut down on or near Dec. 31, IMC intends to reopen the facility as Iberia Medical Center-North Campus in the spring. However, IMC needs approval from the Joint Commission and CMS before utilizing the facility.

IMC President and CEO Parker Templeton told The Daily Iberian there is no way the hospital is closing permanently.

"We've already begun the necessary applications for relicensing so we can begin to provide short stay and outpatient services, inpatient rehab, gerry (geriatric) psych and other mental health services along with the laboratory, X-ray and other outpatient modalities," Mr. Templeton told The Daily Iberian.

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