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Civil service panel okays LSU hospital privatzation

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has received the backing of the state's human resources agency for the privatization of LSU's hospital in Bogalusa.

The Civil Service Commission voted 6-1 Wednesday to approve the deal, which will cause the layoff of 544 state workers.

It was the final approval needed before oversight of LSU's Bogalusa Medical Center could be transferred March 17 to the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, which operates four private hospitals in Louisiana.

Lanette Buie, deputy CEO of the LSU Health Care Services Division, says all the hospital workers have been offered jobs with the private hospital manager.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has struck privatization deals for nine of LSU's 10 hospitals that cared for the poor and trained medical students. Seven have taken effect so far.

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