Posted: Sep 4, 2013 11:59 AM
Updated: Sep 4, 2013 12:13 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - The Jindal Administration can move forward with the privatization of LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe after getting approval from the Civil Service Commission today.
It was the final step needed for an October 1 date for an outsourcing contract.
It also allows LSU to lay off nearly 3,300 hospital workers.
Laid off workers can apply for jobs with the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, the nonprofit that's taking over management of the hospitals.
The vice chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, John Dailey, estimates that over 90 percent of those employees who apply are getting hired by BRF.
The Civil Service Commision vote was 4-1 in favor of the plan.