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Family Hospital shuts down after LHD revokes license

Prairieville (La.) Family Hospital closed April 29 after the Louisiana Department of Health determined that the hospital violated state hospital laws and regulations, leading to the revocation of its license.

In a March 20 letter to Prairieville Family Hospital, obtained by Becker’s, the state DOH detailed that the hospital had violated a state law by operating as a freestanding emergency department.

“This determination was made because the hospital holds itself out to the public as providing emergency medical services but is neither part of a hospital’s main campus under hospital licensing law, nor is it part of a separate off-site campus of an existing licensed hospital,” the letter said.

The state DOH also claimed that the hospital failed to meet hospital requirements for average inpatient stays.

“The revocation is not related to patient care in any way,” Prairieville Family Hospital said in an April 26 Facebook post. “It’s due to a law that requires a hospital to have a certain number of patients per day for a minimum 2-night stay. We were assured that they were not going to close us, but on Monday, at our hearing, they refused to grant us the extension we requested.”

The hospital has asked the community to help get its license extended. Becker’s Hospital Review

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