New deal for north Louisiana safety-net hospitals worked out
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says after months of negotiations, a deal is done to transfer oversight of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana to a new manager.
The governor's office announced Wednesday that contract terms have been reached to shift oversight of the Shreveport and Monroe hospitals to southeast Louisiana-based Ochsner Health System.
But the Edwards administration didn't release information about the deal's terms or when Ochsner would take control of the facilities.
LSU's governing board still must approve the contract, and lawmakers also will review it.
The move aims to end years of strife over how research foundation BRF has managed the hospitals under its 2013 contract. BRF has repeatedly clashed with Louisiana State University leaders whose doctors work at the hospitals and whose students train there.
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