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St. Francis' downtown hospital considering move to North Monroe

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The board of St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe has voted to conduct a feasibility study on moving all its operations out of downtown to the hospital's north campus on U.S. 165.

Chief executive Louis Bremer says the board met Wednesday night and voted to conduct the study.

The hospital has operated in downtown Monroe for more than a century.

Bremer says the cost of maintaining the aging, 750,000-square-foot downtown facility, as well as lower Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements, a trend toward outpatient care and the privatization of the state's charity hospital system prompted St. Francis and its board to consider their options.

Bremer said its costs about $3.5 million annually just to provide utilities for the downtown campus, and that doesn't include repairs.

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