La. lacks plans for charity hospital buildings
BATON ROUGE - State officials lack long-term plans for two of three hospital buildings closing as part of the transformation of Louisiana's charity hospital system.
Charity Hospital in New Orleans still holds furniture from its evacuation in August 2005 due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina. The state must market reuse of the building for three years in an agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The 424-bed University Medical Center is scheduled to open in mid-2015 a few blocks away.
The Advocate (bit.ly/V2qanW ) reports the state plans to demolish the main building of the Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge, transferring the property to the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority for development. State officials say they're looking for a plan for soon-to-close Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville.