Posted: Dec 10, 2012 11:12 AM
BATON ROUGE- The nonprofit corporation that runs two private hospitals in New Orleans is taking over the operations of the LSU hospital in the city and the new $1 billion public hospital set to open in two years.
Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein and LSU hospital chief Frank Opelka announced the arrangement Monday. Additional announcements are expected for the LSU facilities in Houma and Lafayette.
The Times-Picayune reports that the Louisiana Children's Medical Center will lease the Interim LSU Public Hospital and the new 424-bed hospital under construction.
The Louisiana Children's Medical Center operates Children's Hospital and Touro Infirmary.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has been working to shift more of the university-run health care for the poor and uninsured to private hospitals, as a way to cut state costs.