Bats Close East Texas Emergency Room to Ambulances

February 17, 2016 Updated: February 17, 2016

KILGORE, Texas—An East Texas emergency room has been closed after bats began to spread through the building.

In a statement posted Tuesday night on the Kilgore Police Department social media pages, Good Shepherd Medical Center said “a number of small bats” had moved into the Longview, Texas-based hospital’s free-standing emergency room in nearby Kilgore. The bats had moved into the building’s walls and ceilings, with some migrating into the area that receives ambulances.

Good Shepherd says it’s working with the City of Kilgore, which owns the building, and Allegiance Specialty Hospital, with manages it, to get the bats removed. In the meantime, Good Shepherd had decided it’s in the best interests of its patients and staff to suspend emergency medical services in the building until the bats can be removed.


Recent Statement from Good Shepherd in regards to a temporary closure of the Kilgore Emergency Room.Over the last…

Posted by Kilgore Police Department on Tuesday, February 16, 2016