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Privatization backed for LSU's Bogalusa hospital

4 years 5 days 38 minutes ago June 19, 2013 Jun 19, 2013 Wednesday, June 19 2013 June 19, 2013 2:16 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Board of Supervisors has agreed to a contract privatizing its rural Bogalusa hospital in January.

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, which operates four private hospitals in Louisiana, will take over management of LSU's Bogalusa Medical Center, effective Jan. 6.

As with similar previous deals, the board signed off on the agreement Wednesday though financial terms weren't included in the documents provided and questions remained about whether certain services will be provided.

Despite the gaps, LSU board members said they were confident that the privatization will provide improved care for the uninsured and continued medical student training.

Privatization deals have been approved for eight of LSU's 10 hospitals, as part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to turn over management of the facilities to private companies.

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