4 LSU hospitals turned over to private managers

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Four LSU hospitals are under new private management, and the shift in New Orleans has caused delays in non-emergency services.

As part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's push to privatize the university-run hospitals and clinics, operations of LSU facilities in New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma and Lake Charles were turned over to private managers Monday.

About 4,000 employees were laid off. It wasn't clear how many workers were rehired.

In New Orleans, more than 1,900 of the 2,200 employees stayed with the hospital, according to Brian Landry, spokesman for the Louisiana Children's Medical Center, the new manager.

Because of the transition and staffing shakeup, the New Orleans hospital delayed 20 percent of its elective surgeries.

The Lake Charles hospital was closed, with its inpatient and emergency services transferred to a private hospital.

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