Louisiana's 1st microhospital to close

Avail Hospital Lake Charles (La.) will permanently close Sept. 29, the microhospital announced in an American Press advertisement. 

No reason was given for its closure, and as of Sept. 27, the hospital was already marked "permanently closed" on Google. 

The 33,000-square-foot facility was billed as Louisiana's first microhospital when it opened in 2017, according to the Press

"We are disappointed to learn of the closure of Avail Hospital, but this closure speaks more of the viability of a for-profit hospital model than it does of the Lake Charles economy," Nic Hunter, the mayor of Lake Charles, told the newspaper. "Since its opening, Avail has operated as a for-profit entity, which is different from other local hospitals."

Mr. Hunter said he spoke with other nearby healthcare providers — Lake Charles Memorial Health System and Christus Ochsner Health SWLA — and both agreed to reach out to Avail personnel regarding employment opportunities. 

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