Stained glass windows from the former ICU waiting room at CHRISTUS Schumpert Hospital with a plaque describing its origin.

On January 18, CHRISTUS leaders, board members and Louisiana community leaders participated in the blessing of the new CHRISTUS Bossier Emergency Hospital. The new hospital has a beautiful prayer/reflection room with stained glass windows from the former ICU waiting room at CHRISTUS Schumpert Hospital with a plaque describing its origin.

After about a year and a half of construction, the new CHRISTUS Bossier Emergency Hospital is scheduled to open on Viking Drive in February. 

CHRISTUS leaders hope that the hospital will provide easy access to healthcare where Bossier residents work and live.

“We expanded to Bossier with our CHRISTUS Cancer Treatment Center, a family medicine clinic in South Bossier, an outpatient therapy center, our CHRISTUS Louisiana Athletic Club, as well as Velocity Care for urgent care, but people have been asking for an ER option as well,” said CHRISTUS Health Northern Louisiana CEO, Isaac Palmer.

The hospital will include an emergency department with nine beds, an inpatient unit with six beds for short-stay patients that need observation and an imaging center and a laboratory onsite. 

“This is a new model of healthcare,” said Jennifer Varnadore, administrator of the CHRISTUS Bossier Emergency Hospital. “Rather than building a traditional hospital, we’re responding to the needs of the community with an ER, short-stay hospital, outpatient lab and radiology.”

Outpatient imaging services will include MRI, CT, ultrasound, general X-ray and 3-D mammography. An outpatient laboratory will serve as a phlebotomy draw station for referring physicians in the Bossier community.

The hospital will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It will be the first of its kind in Louisiana and the region, said Dana Smelser, director of marketing and business development. “Since 2010, Bossier has grown in population 11 percent, and it’s going to grow another seven percent by the time we do Census again in 2020, that’s the prediction,” Smelser said. “Today CHRISTUS isn’t present in the form of an emergency room or inpatient or outpatient testing, so we’re excited to bring a choice to the community where they live and work in the growing corridors of the community. It’s an expansion of our Bossier footprint.” Excerpts quoted from the Shreveport Times.

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