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Updated: 7/15/2014 8:14 pm
HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA)-- Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, just ask Houston resident Gail Turner.

"I got hit with a softball on my leg and I didn't know if it was broken or not,” said Turner.

In that moment Gail says she was thankful to live so close to the Trace Regional Hospital.

"I had to go to their ER and there was no one else open," said Turner.

But, the luxury of emergency services close to home is a luxury Chickasaw County residents will soon lose.

"That is true. We will cease to run an emergency room," said Gary Staten, chief executive officer.

When the emergency room at Trace Regional Hospital closes in early September, that means the number of ER's in Chickasaw County will go down to zero.

"We could not sustain any longer our emergency services and because of that, we found a different alternative for the future," said Staten.

That alternative is a Rural Health Clinic that will be located where the ER is now. In fact, work has already started to transform the ER into the clinic.

"It will be staffed by a nurse practitioner, an RN, LPN, and a receptionist. There are three teams, and it makes up 15 people," said Staten. "It repositions Trace Regional and our community so that we will be able to operate on a lower cost for our customers than was an ER in the past."

The clinic will operate from 9 a.m.-9p.m., seven days a week. But, residents still have their worries.

"Those are good hours, but what if something happens late at night? You'll need somewhere to go," said Turner.

Hospital officials say the emergency services at Trace Regional will close Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.
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