Surgical hospital closing in north BR

Greater Baton Rouge Surgical Hospital, a 10-bed facility in Howell Place Business Park in north Baton Rouge, will close in December, seven years after its opening.

The $23 million, 33,000-square-foot hospital at 7855 Howell Blvd. and its four operating rooms opened in 2005. The hospital, owned mainly by minority physicians, specialized in elective surgery and provided orthopedic, pediatric, vascular and spinal surgery, among other services.

Hospital Chief Executive Officer Laura Broadhurst said the facility has won a number of awards for quality, patient satisfaction and service.

But the hospital, located just south of Baton Rouge Metro Airport, didn’t generate the patient volume needed to maintain the business, she said.

The surgical hospital lost money in each year from 2007 to 2010, according to the most recent figures available from American Hospital Directory. Over those four years, the hospital lost $6.8 million.

Broadhurst said she does not know what Cambridge Healthcare Management Inc., a Dallas-based firm that owns the building and a minority share of the hospital business, will do with the property.

In an email, Cambridge Chief Development Officer Francis Sapienza Jr. said the company has gotten multiple calls from prospective tenants since the decision earlier this week to close the hospital.

Cambridge has also fielded inquiries about space in the medical office building.

The adjoining 50,000-square-foot medical office building is expected to remain open so physicians and other health-care providers can continue treating patients, according to Broadhurst.

The hospital’s core personnel will remain in place for a few weeks to ensure an orderly transition.

Patients, staff, referring physicians, vendors and other interested parties will be notified of the hospital’s closure during that time.