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LSU medical center employee speaks out about takeover

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With only a few weeks until they have to re-apply for their jobs, this employee says information is being released very slowly.. With only a few weeks until they have to re-apply for their jobs, this employee says information is being released very slowly..
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A health care worker is speaking out about the recent LSU Medical Center takeover plans. The private company taking over is Biomedical Research Foundation. They will take over management by October 1st.

It was formally announced Thursday that all 23-hundred employees at LSU Health Shreveport will be laid off, they will have to re-apply. But according to one longtime employee, who didn't want to be identified, he says the employees knew it was coming. "We've known about it for several weeks, that's not news to us, it really became evident that this was going to happen back in January," he said.

The health care worker says he and several of his co-workers were hired during the healthcare worker shortages in the 90's, lured to LSU medical center by excellent benefit packages. Now decades later he feels betrayed. "What we feel is we're being told thank you for your service we needed you badly back then, now don't let the door hit you on your butt on your way out," he said.

With only a few weeks until they have to re-apply for their jobs, this employee says information is being released very slowly. "We would like to know what we're going to get paid, we would like to know some details, things have been kept vague for so long, it's very difficult to make decisions," he said and adds that he's not against the privatization and hopes it will help the hospital run more efficiently. But he's concerned for those workers who are close, but don't qualify for retirement yet and how the changes will affect them. "I hope the best for my co-workers, that's my biggest hope, I hope the care that the patients are receiving will continue to be as good as that, because the experience loss will be tremendous," he said. 

An LSU medical administrator tells us he expects 90% of the 2,300 LSU employees will be re-hired by Biomedical Research Foundation, once they're laid off as state civil service employees.

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