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UPDATED: LSU Health Shreveport holds briefing on status of hospital

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

LSU Health Shreveport held a briefing at Noon on Monday to give an update on the status of the hospital.

Recent cuts to Medicaid have impacted the LSU System budget, and the Department of Health and Hospitals has asked the public hospital system to find a new way to structure things to save money.

This fiscal year the Shreveport hospital faced a $46-million deficit.

There have been rumors that there will be cuts here, even the possibility of selling the Shreveport hospital.  However, LSU Health Shreveport says no final decisions have been made.

While the systems hospitals in both Monroe and Pineville have already faced staff cuts, administrators say right now there is no plan for lay-offs or attrition at LSU Health Shreveport.

According to a statement released announcing the briefing, 

"LSU Health Shreveport and its hospitals in Monroe and Pineville are vital to providing health care, educating future healthcare professionals and attracting research dollars to our region. Elected officials, LSU Health Shreveport leadership and other community leaders are exploring all possibilities to ensure not only that the LSU Health Shreveport operations survive this transformation, but also thrive within a new structure. To do this, we are in the "fact-finding" phase, looking at successful models of academic medical centers. 

Recently, a group from our community visited the University of Maryland Medical System to look at one operational model, and the leadership, with legislative support, will continue to explore others in coming months and as directed by the LSU Board of Supervisors. Any decisions made for LSU Health Shreveport impact EA Conway and Huey P Long Medical Centers as well, as an integral part of the LSU Health Shreveport system."

The hospital is looking into possible ways to move to a public-private system. Some examples from other states that they have  looked at have merged with other private hospitals, some have leased property, and others have kept the medical school public while making the hospital private.

"The concept has been used in many states to convert from public entities into private entities to continue the mission.  So, the concept is sound.  How that concept is implemented would be different and has been different from state to state," said Vice Chancellor of Clinical Affairs, Dr. Hugh Mighty.

Mighty also said the hospital will continue to serve all people, "We don't stop and ask whether you pay or don't pay.  We ask what's wrong and how to fix it.  So, I can reassure the public that's what we're in the business of doing, and that's what we'll continue to do.

Right now, the hospital has a plan to keep running as a public hospital with no staff cuts through June 2013, but that is subject to change as they look for ways to fund the hospital long term.

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