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LSU Health Shreveport seeking new ways to structure operations

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Rumors of layoffs at LSU Health in Shreveport are not true. This is according to hospital leaders who held a briefing 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 way to restructure operations 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 officials say no final decisions have been made.

But E.A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe has laid off 30 workers, and Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville has lost 56 positions -- because the money is not there to keep everyone employed.

LSU Health in Shreveport provides healthcare to people regardless of whether they can afford the bill. But federal cuts in Medicaid have made it harder to rely on state dollars alone.

This year the hospital faced a $46 million deficit. So, hospital leaders have looked into moving to a private/public model.

But patients worry that if the hospital goes private, they won't get the same services.

"There's a lot of people that don't have insurance that really need this hospital," one patient says.

Hospital administrators say the mission to serve all people will not change.

"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," one hospital administrator says.

For now, LSU Health has a plan to keep running as a public hospital with no reduction in staff through June 2013. But that date is subject to change as administrators look for ways to fund the hospital long term.

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