By Associated Press - Monday, October 1, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana have a new manager.

A new company jointly controlled by Louisiana State University and Ochsner Health System took control Monday of the hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe.

The facilities care for the poor and uninsured and help train LSU medical students.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration brokered the new oversight deal, to replace BRF, which managed the hospitals since 2013 under a privatization deal crafted by former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.

BRF repeatedly clashed with LSU and state officials over money and contract terms. BRF leaders released a letter Monday defending their tenure and supporting the transition.

The management contract with Ochsner runs for 10 years, with two possible extensions of five years each and costs more than BRF was paid.

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