It’s an historic or infamous day in Central Louisiana, depending on how you look at it. The Huey Long Hospital, also once known as Charity, is shuttered after 70 years of service to the uninsured and under-insured of this area.
But, legal matters are still pending. A state district judge in Baton Rouge has ruled the State Senate acted improperly when it agreed with the Governor and ordered the closure. That matter is up for further litigation, according to Alexandria attorney Chris Roy Senior, who represents those trying to keep it open.
Now patients are being referred to clinics run by Cabrini and by Rapides Regional.
Today is the end of the state’s fiscal cycle, and no money has been appropriated to keep the doors open for this 70 year old institution.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/30/14