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9/5/07 -Kilgore

Laird Memorial Hospital Women's Center Closes It Doors After Fifteen Years

More than two dozen East Texas health care workers are only days away from being without a job. This comes after "Laird Memorial Hospital Women's Center" announced that it will be closing its labor and delivery unit. 

"We've had a lot of fun, we've done a lot of work, and we've delivered a lot of babies," said Brenda Christensen, an employee that has worked at the Women's Center for 15 years.  For the past week nurses at the women's center  have been taking care of patients, and at the same time, wondering where they're going to work next.

 "I've put in some applications at other places but I'm really unsure right now because it was a sudden thing," said Crystal Bourassa. About 30 employees will be effected by the closure of the women's center but the hospital says it's trying to help them find work.

"We've been able to offer a few of those employees opportunities in other units here at the hospital," said hospital Humane Resource Director Brandy McMillan.

 "I had my child here nine years ago and it was a great women's center, a great team over there, they did an excellent job," said McMillan.

The hospital says it's closing the women's center because its two OBGYN's are moving their practice to another hospital in Longview. Laird is expected to close its doors to the Women's Center, on Monday September 10th.

LaKecia Shockley,reporting lshockley@kltv.com

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