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New ownership takes over old Southeast Louisiana Hospital


Mandeville, LA -- Former employees of Southeast Louisiana Hospital are calling on the Department of Health and Hospitals to pay them a possible severance package.

The landmark sign at Southeast Louisiana Hospital sign has been replaced.

A new sign now stands with a new name, Northlake Behavioral Health System.

Many of the the approximately 500 employees that worked at the hospital for years treating the mentally ill are gone.

The hospital is now run by Meridian Behavioral Health Systems.

"Out of the 500 employees that worked at the hospital about 125 of them were offered positions by Meridian, says Former Southeast Louisiana Hospital Employee, Avery Buras.

Dozens of former workers spent the afternoon sounding off at the Mandeville City Hall.

They are calling on the state to compensate them for their years of service.

Linda Jenkins worked at Southeast for 26 years, she's now unemployed.

"It's traumatic, if you could see the faces of employees they don't know what they're going to do some people were two weeks away from retirement some were just a few months away from retirement eligibility, says Former Southeast Louisiana Hospital Employee, Linday Jenkins.

"We think Department Health and Hospitals should provide a severance package for each and every Southeast employee because they're lives has been disrupted," says Supporter, Derrick Morrison.

Employees are also pushing the Saint Tammany Parish council to add a hearing to its agenda to discuss how the closure affects those now unemployed.

"Well, the parish council I don't think they'll add this to their agenda, I think they feel like this situation is finalized they had an opportunity. Pat Brister and Jack Donahue, have worked tirelessly as far as to leave something at Southeast Hospital as far as far has mental healthcare in St. Tammany and for this area, says Mandeville Mayor, Donald Villere.


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