LSU trying to find hospital for prisoner care

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU officials say they got no response to proposals to area hospitals to take over prisoner health care currently delivered at its Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge.

Officials must continue searching for a way to provide in-patient hospital and emergency. LSU is moving its medical education and in-patient hospital services to the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center campus. Prisoner care is not part of the cooperative endeavor agreement between LSU and the hospital.

LSU System Vice President Fred Cerise tells The Advocate that LSU will figure something out before the move next year.

Cerise, who oversees medical education and hospitals, said a meeting is planned with corrections officials.

Potential next steps include negotiating with a particular hospital or contracting with a private company.

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