St. Elizabeth Central emergency room to close Sept. 3

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Signs are scattered throughout the emergency room lobby at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital warning patients of what’s to come.

“The emergency room will not be available after 10 p.m. on Sept. 3,” Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Lisa Decker said.

Hospital officials announced back in April that they’d be consolidating the St. Elizabeth Central emergency room with the one on the east campus.

Decker said it’s a move that will help save money.

“We are challenged every day with making sure that we’re running our facilities as efficiently as we can,” said Decker. “St. Elizabeth Central is a very old facility, so we’ve looked at that to try to figure out how we can consolidate that campus and reduce the square footage that we’re using over there.”

Two acute medical units and the intensive care unit are also moving from the Central campus to the East. Decker said the move doesn’t mean that St. Elizabeth Central won’t be utilized.

“We’ll still have a lot of out patient services. We’ve got our behavioral health unit over there, as well as our in-patient rehab [and] part of St. Vincent’s is there. So, we’ll still have a lot of services there to take care of patients there,” said Decker.

When the consolidation was announced back in April, it brought with it talks of job cuts.

Decker said since then, they’ve been managing their staffing and said she doesn’t see any cuts coming any time soon.

“If someone left, we were making sure we were managing that and not filling those positions, knowing that those staff members from Central would be coming over here,” said Decker.

Decker said eventually, the empty emergency room at Central will be turned into an urgent care. She said hours of operations and an opening date will be announced sometime this fall.

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