charity hospitals http://wrkf.org en Lake Officials Say Cooperative Endeavor Agreement About Education http://wrkf.org/post/lake-officials-say-cooperative-endeavor-agreement-about-education <p><a href="http://www.ololrmc.com/">Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center</a> says the reasons why the hospital agreed to take over Earl K. Long charity hospital’s patient load begin with Hurricane Katrina.</p><p>OLOL Vice President of Mission Coletta Barrett said immediately post-Katrina there were 325 residents, fellows, medical students that showed up at Our Lady of the Lake looking for a place to practice. She and Vice President of Operations Stephanie Mason tell WRKF’s Ashley Westerman that from that point forward, OLOL decided to assume an active role in solidifying the pipeline of physicians for Louisiana.</p><p>Taking over EKL, they said, is a step in that direction.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 10145 at http://wrkf.org Lake Officials Say Cooperative Endeavor Agreement About Education Unanswered Questions Remain Weeks After Charity Hospital Closes http://wrkf.org/post/unanswered-questions-remain-weeks-after-charity-hospital-closes <p>Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge closed its doors for good last month. The cooperative endeavor agreement between the hospital, the state and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for the take-over and eventual shutdown of EKL was reached more than two years ago.</p><p>Erica Barham, Kimberly Burkett and Lauren Richard are all former Registered Nurse Supervisors in the EKL Emergency Room. Mental Health Emergency Room Extension Supervisor Amy Germain also used to work there.</p><p>They tell WRKF’s Ashley Westerman the transition was bungled and even on closing day, critical questions about how patients would get care and follow-up remained unanswered.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 10:38:09 +0000 Ashley Westerman 9756 at http://wrkf.org Unanswered Questions Remain Weeks After Charity Hospital Closes Bond Issues For Privatized LSU Hospitals No Longer Tax-Exempt http://wrkf.org/post/bond-issues-privatized-lsu-hospitals-no-longer-tax-exempt <p>Plans to privatize most of LSU’s public hospitals are making repairs and construction to the facilities more expensive.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 7891 at http://wrkf.org Local Partnerships Key To LSU Hospital Privatization http://wrkf.org/post/local-partnerships-key-lsu-hospital-privatization <p>As privatization moves forward, the LSU hospital system is focused on partnering with health care providers already operating in the communities where LSU facilities are.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:24:58 +0000 Ashley Westerman 5456 at http://wrkf.org Medical Students Weigh In On Changes To LSU Charity Hospitals http://wrkf.org/post/medical-students-weigh-changes-lsu-charity-hospitals <p><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">When the federal government reduced its funding of Medicaid in Louisiana, the LSU charity hospital system took the brunt of the $152 million in cuts. </span><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">LSU’s medical students, for whom the charity hospitals are a training ground, have been caught in the tumult. </span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:03:58 +0000 Ashley Westerman 3846 at http://wrkf.org Medical Students Weigh In On Changes To LSU Charity Hospitals