Covenant patients now have one less emergency room to choose from in Lubbock. The hospital will close its Lakeside ER so the staff there can transfer to Covenant's brand new 19th Street facility.
While the hospital is in the process of making cutbacks, Covenant Spokesman Eddie Owens says the staff will not be down sized. In fact, Owens says that's the main reason Covenant is making this change. "Since the new facility opened in November, basically about a third of the facility has remained closed. It's divided into three different pods and pod C has remained closed because we did not have the staff to open it."
The Lakeside facility will officially close Monday February 17th. So, anyone seeking emergency care from Covenant will have to go to the 19th Street Emergency Center.