Theadvertiser.com / Associated Press, December 11, 2012
The operations of Louisiana State University's public hospitals in New Orleans, Houma and Lafayette will be turned over to nonprofit corporations that run private hospitals in the three cities under outsourcing plans unveiled Monday by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The lease arrangements were announced by Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein and LSU hospital chief Frank Opelka as part of an administration effort to cut state costs by turning over university-run healthcare services for the poor and uninsured to the private sector. The hospitals will maintain their roles of providing safety net care for those without insurance and of training new doctors and other healthcare professionals, Greenstein said.