- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Oversight of LSU’s rural Bogalusa hospital will be transferred to private management March 17.

Frank Opelka, leader of the LSU hospital system, told the university system’s Board of Supervisors on Friday about the new date, a delay of more than two months from prior plans.

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, which operates four private hospitals in Louisiana, will take control of LSU’s Bogalusa Medical Center, a hospital that cares for the poor and uninsured and trains medical students.

Opelka previously said the management change was delayed to allow for completion of financing details with the new hospital operator.

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has struck privatization deals for nine of LSU’s 10 hospitals. Seven have taken effect so far.


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