The seven-hospital LSU Health System, that serves the most vulnerable, needy populations in the southern part of Louisiana, will soon be just a shell of a health system. Thursday, the Joint Health and Welfare Committee of the Louisiana Legislature learned that some 1500 healthcare workers in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Houma, Independence, Bogalusa and Lake Charles will soon lose their jobs. The inpatient bed capacities will dramatically decrease at every facility. All of these cuts are being made to meet a $152 million budget reduction.
Opelka told the lawmakers that the problems being faced by the LSU hospitals are “local problems requiring local solutions.” LSU is counting on private partnerships in each of the affected communities to pick up the care of those patients currently using the LSU hospitals and clinics.I just hope all these medical "private partnerships" involve health providers who believe evolution is real.
However, Opelka could name only one such partnership currently in the works, Earl K. Long and Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge.