LSU seeks new hospitals to train doctors in north Louisiana
BATON ROUGE - LSU is shopping around for new health care deals in north Louisiana.
The university system wants to move some of its doctors-in-training to more hospitals in the region because its relationship with the operator of the state-owned hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe continues to deteriorate.
University System President F. King Alexander describes LSU's 2013 arrangement to have the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana run the two north Louisiana hospitals as a dysfunctional partnership.
Alexander says the research foundation, which runs the two hospitals as the University Health System, isn't paying bills on time and isn't providing enough support to the LSU medical school in Shreveport.
University Health says Alexander's accusations are untrue and LSU's problem is that its Shreveport medical school isn't operating under a "workable financial model."