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Aug 16, 2013

Gov. Jindal: Partnership saved University Hospital
Gov. Jindal: Partnership saved University Hospital
Ken Stickney
The Advertiser                   
August 15, 2013
“Gov. Bobby Jindal praised the public-private partnership that salvaged University Hospital and Clinics, and pointed to the growth in patient beds and services there as proof that the effort is working.
Speaking at a Thursday news conference, Jindal, flanked by hospital administrators and physicians, noted that the hospital had added eight hospital beds and an operating room. Those changes came almost immediately after University Medical Center’s operations were placed under the leadership of Lafayette Regional Health System direction.
Now, he said, more beds were expected to open and services such as orthopedics have been restored to the UHC campus.
Jindal recalled when federal Medicare funding cutbacks forced Louisiana to reconsider how it was delivering health care to the poor.
‘This state faced a huge challenge,’ Jindal said. The choice, he said, was to ‘cut services or reinvent the way we deliver health services.’
Jindal said each Louisiana community that serves as home for the 10 charity hospitals has had to search for unique ways to keep their hospitals in operation.
Half have made the transition so far. Lafayette General assumed control of UMC operations on June 24, seamlessly renaming the hospital and hiring much of the UMC staff.
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