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Partnerships announced for three LSU hospitals

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New Orleans, LA - Renford Cindass finds out next week where he'll be doing his residency.

The 4th-year med student says there was a lot of uncertainty at the School of Medicine when LSU announced massive cuts.

"With the way the budget cuts are going, many students are concerned about the education they're going to get and are now weighing their options more towards leaving LSU," he says.

That may be changing.

The future looks brighter now for the LSU health system, several months after grim cuts were planned for the seven hospitals in south Louisiana.

State and university officials gathered to announce new partnerships between three LSU hospitals and private medical facilities.

In New Orleans, Louisiana Children's Medical Center will run LSU Interim Hospital and the 424-bed facility under construction.

"This partnership will stabilize the institution financially," says Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor of the LSU Health Sciences Center. "It will allow expansion of services not continued contraction and then we will migrate this enterprise over the next several years as we move to the new University Medical Center into an era of true quaternary care that we can provide."

In Houma, Terrebonne General and the Ochsner Health System will expand their partnerships with Leonard Chabert Medical Center.

Lafayette General Health System will take over operations at University Medical Center in Lafayette.

The partnerships will prevent layoffs at all three LSU hospitals and keep open clinics that serve the uninsured.

"We're not going to close the 46-some odd med surge beds," says Steve Worley, President & CEO of Louisiana Children's Medical Center. "We're not going to reduce the capability in the Level 1 trauma center. we're not going to close beds in the intensive care units. We're not going to have to do any of those things as we come together."

LCMC will lease the facilities from LSU, making an up front payment of $7 million.

Health Secretary Bruce Greenstein says that money will bring in more federal matching dollars for health care services.

All of the patient beds will remain open, good news for students like Renford Cindass.

"I will be leaving with the military but after my time there, I plan on coming back and working here," he says.

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