UMC Speaks on Merger

Officials with University Medical Center (UMC) say a sigh of relief is the first thing that comes to mind following Mondays announcement of a partnership between UMC and Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC).

The partnership comes just months after the charity hospital was dealt 22 million dollars in cuts, which would have reduced its operations significantly and resulted in the layoffs of almost 200 workers. Under the terms of this ground breaking agreement LGMC will lease out UMC starting in July and will begin payments 10 days after a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU is approved.

According to Glenn Craig, UMC Interim Hospital Administrator, LGMC will being making a series of pre-payments to UMC ten days after a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is approved. That MOU allows UMC to continue operations as is and suspends indefinitely the 173 layoffs that would have taken place in January. UMC employee Dr. Wayne Cestia, director of the UMC family medicine program, says this partnership allows UMC to be a fully functional hospital with more services and more beds.

Dr. Cestia also says the partnership allows more services and exposure for residence who train at UMC. Dr. Cestia is looking forward to what this partnership will bring. The LSU board of supervisors is expected to approve the MOU Friday December 14th.   

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