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Earl K. Long Hospital Closure (2013)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-04-12

Duration: 00:04:08

Subjects: Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2013 | Health Care | Hospitals | Earl K. Long Medical Center


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Broome, Sharon Weston Speaker
  • Chabert, Norbert Speaker
  • Thompson, Francis Speaker
  • Phillips, Jerry Speaker
  • Stemmons, Peggy Interviewee
  • Barrow, Regina Speaker
  • Hughes, Deborah Interviewee


This segment from the April 12, 2013, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s report on the upcoming April 15th closure of the Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge. Sanford reports that the hospital is the first to close under Governor Bobby Jindal’s plan to privatize the hospitals run by the LSU system. Her report includes highlights from a contentious meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget, including comments by State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, State Senator Norbert Chabert, State Senator Francis Thompson, Jerry Phillips of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and State Representative Regina Barrow. It also includes interviews with Peggy Stemmans, an EKL employee, and Deborah Hughes, a former EKL patient. Host: Charlie Whinham