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Emergency room reopens at Kinder hospital

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KINDER, La. (AP) — Allen Parish Hospital has reopened its emergency room about a year after its operations ceased.

Hospital CEO Dan Kannady told The American Press (http://bit.ly/1eOXZNb) that about 150 people were treated in its first two weeks of operation.

The hospital reopened a four-room emergency department last month and has already seen about 150 people in its first two weeks, according to CEO Dan Kannady.

Revenue losses and a lack of patients forced the hospital to cut emergency care in March 2013. Shortly before the closure, hospital officials said the facility was losing more than $200,000 a month.

"With the closing of the hospital's ER it saved expenses and cut revenues, but with the realignment of the hospital finances and evaluation of other ways to operate, we are able to provide 24-hour emergency care with a 24-hour physician coming in," Kannady said.

The hospital has contracted Dallas-based Emergency Staffing Solutions to provide physicians around the clock. Six physicians are in the rotation, along with two nurses. The hospital plans to add more physicians in the future, Kannady said.

The hospital will be able to provide laboratory, radiology and respiratory services when needed, he said. Emergency room patients also can be admitted to the 49-bed hospital.

"You never wish for a traumatic car wreck or a heart attack, but people can be more confident in having the emergency room here," he said.

The hospital's primary service area includes the communities of Kinder, Oberlin, Reeves, Fenton and Elton.

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