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Privatization underway for Lake Charles hospital

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Posted: Jan 18, 2013 3:52 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, lsu, hospital, privatization, lake, charles

BATON ROUGE - State health officials say they have found a private operator to run the LSU hospital in Lake Charles that provides safety net care for the uninsured.

The Department of Health and Hospitals announced Friday that management of LSU's W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center will be turned over to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital.

The arrangement, according to DHH, is similar to privatization plans for the operations of LSU's hospitals in New Orleans, Houma and Lafayette.

The details of the arrangement weren't released.

DHH says the companies taking over hospital management will make lease payments to the state. The health department says the privatization plans will shrink state costs, while maintaining health services and graduate medical education programs.

The privatization arrangement needs approval from LSU's governing board.

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