Another facility is closing in North Baton Rouge. The hospital, which was once a talked-about option for a new emergency room there, will now close after almost four years.
East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks said this is just another blow to the North Baton Rouge community.
“What we’re losing with Champion closing is 50 full-time jobs. People who buy gas in North Baton Rouge, who buy lunch in North Baton Rouge, some who live in North Baton Rouge,” explained Banks.
Even though North Baton Rouge is finally getting a new emergency room on Airline Highway, Banks said there was promise in the Champion Medical Center. Banks along with other community leaders even worked with Champion officials, but she said the state just did not give them a chance.
“The governor would never meet with them. They came down like four or five times. The governor refused to meet with Champion, refused to see their proposal, refused to enter in to dialogue with them,” explained Banks.
As to why and when its closing, officials have not disclosed that information, but for Banks, she said the community has to and will move forward.
“With primary doctors, with a full-service ER, with mental health, all of those things that are very important. I think there’s no waste time. So, I’m continuing to pursue that for residents who live north of Florida and the northern part of the parish,” concluded Banks.
Local 33 and Fox 44 did reach out to Forge Health System who owns Champion, but have not heard back as of yet. By law, Champion has to fill out the proper paperwork and give the state a 30-day notice before it decides to close.