LSU Health Hospital Pursues Partnership Following Mass Budget Cuts
Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center in Houma, La., is pursuing a potential partnership with private hospitals, according to a Houma Today report.
L.J. Chabert is part of LSU Health Care Services Division in Baton Rouge. According to the report, the medical center is pursuing a partnership to continue operating amid ongoing budget cuts, which have triggered layoffs and service eliminations.
In July, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced it was trying to cut $859 million from the state Medicaid program in order to fund a bill that would support restoration to the roads and coastline of five Gulf States. According to the report, this Medicaid funding reduction affected the LSU Hospital System in cuts totaling $152 million among seven of its hospitals. L.J. Chabert's share is $14.3 million, which is scheduled to take effect Jan. 21. These cuts may force 245 layoffs at L.J. Chabert and 1,500 layoffs across all seven hospitals, according to the report.
These potential layoffs are on hold while discussions continue with companies for a partnership.
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