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JP council member-at-large concerned about hospital lease plan


NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Council Member-at-Large Chris Roberts is shifting his position on leasing the parish's public hospitals.

According to our partners at | The Times-Picayune, a consulting firm has advised council members that a long-term lease is, for all practical purposes, a sale.

Jefferson Parish Council members are expected to discuss the future of the hospitals during a meeting Wednesday.

Roberts said he will bring up his concerns about a lease.

East Jefferson Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center employ close to 5,000 people.

Hospital executives say the medical facilities will be in dire straits unless they are turned over to private operators.

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