Rep. Norton wants LSU Board to slow LSU hospitals takeover plan

Rep. Norton wants LSU Board to slow LSU hospitals takeover plan

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - A Louisiana state representative says hundreds of jobs could be in jeopardy in Shreveport and Monroe if a private bid to take over the management and operations of LSU hospitals goes through.

Rep. Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport) held a news conference Monday to explain why she's opposed to the takeover by the Biomedical Research Foundation.

"I am asking the LSU Board of Supervisors to put the vote off for several days to give us an opportunity to look at it, to give employees and the citizens a chance to know exactly what their future is going to look like."

Just last week, LSU's board voted to approve what's called a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA). The agreement is said to just set up the framework to manage LSU hospital, but several entities would have to sign off on the deal.

"The decision was to move forward and ultimately end up with a partnership to ultimately manage hospitals here and in Conway and Monroe and to align ourselves well with the medical school to preserve the academic mission of the hospital," Steven Skrivanos, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Biomedical, said on Friday.

But Norton and others fear the potential loss of jobs and a negative impact on quality of patient care -- especially for the neediest -- should the privatization plan go through.

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