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W.O. Moss Transfers Services to Lake Charles Memorial

Earl K. Long Medical Center
Dr. W. O. Moss Regional Medical Center

Lake Charles – The cooperative endeavor agreement between LSU Health and Lake Charles Memorial Health System will go into effect on June 24, 2013, preserving important healthcare access for the community.

In preparation for the transition, the Dr. W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center (WOM), 1000 Walters St, in Lake Charles, La., will stop taking new inpatient admissions on June 14. WOM will also stop surgery at the close of business on June 14.

Any inpatients remaining in the hospital on June 17 will transfer to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. The WOM Emergency Department will remain open until 7 P.M., June 20.

Inpatient, emergency and surgery services provided at WOM will transfer to Memorial Hospital’s Oak Park campus. West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital will provide some surgery and inpatient services for patients living near it.

WOM will close effective June 24. Outpatient clinics will remain open at their current locations on the WOM campus under management of Lake Charles Memorial. These primary care and specialty clinics include infectious disease, rheumatology, oncology, dermatology, ophthalmology, gynecology, asthma, diabetes, hypertension, health maintenance and renal.

“Most of our patients at W.O. Moss are treated in outpatient clinics,” said Jimmy Pottorff, WOM Hospital Administrator. “This transition will preserve access to quality healthcare services to both our outpatients and inpatients.”

Teams from LSU Health and Lake Charles Memorial are working together to prepare for this transition, which includes communication with patients, medical-records transfer, patient scheduling and follow up for procedures and continuing care. LSU is also working with the 342 full and part-time employees of WOM to make them aware of job opportunities with Lake Charles Memorial.