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Christus to close Texas surgical hospital, affecting 150 jobs

Christus Southeast Texas Health System will close Port Arthur, Texas-based St. Mary Hospital by July 18, affecting 150 jobs, according to the Beaumont Enterprise.

Hospital leaders cited a steady decline in inpatient admissions and shifting demographics in the city as the reason for the closure.

"Over the last 10 to 15 years, we have seen a steady decline of inpatient admissions, as most hospitals across the country have seen," Paul Trevino, president and CEO of Christus Southeast Texas Health System, told the Beaumont Enterprise. "But I think the added challenge has been a decline of activity around St. Mary as populations in our market have started to move north."

Since 2015, St. Mary hospital has been used primarily for emergency services and outpatient procedures and surgeries requiring less than a three-day hospital stay. These services will wind down over the next 45 days.

About 150 full and part-time employees will be affected by the closure. Christus hopes to offer at least 75 of the affected employees jobs at other facilities in the network.

The 90-year-old hospital will be demolished and turned into green space, according to the report.

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