LSU making $15 million in cuts to Interim LSU Public Hospital

Louisiana State University authorities announced $34 million in cuts to its public hospital system Friday, with a $15 million hit to Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans that will mean eliminating the chemical detox unit and closing beds in the emergency department, mental health emergency extension and psychiatric inpatient unit at the DePaul campus. LSU administrators will submit a detailed layoff plan to the state Civil Service Commission on Tuesday, the same day that individual workers will get their layoff notices.

System officials declined to share details about layoffs pending distribution of the notices. The commission likely will vote on the plan in March.

“I will not mislead you: There will be an impact on patients,” Dr. Fred Cerise, LSU’s vice president for health affairs, told the system Board of Supervisors as he presented the cuts.

A drop in state tax revenues necessitated the midyear budget reductions, which where ordered by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration. The cuts affect the seven-hospital system anchored in New Orleans. The system and its $780 million budget also include facilities in Baton Rouge, Bogalusa, Houma, Independence, Lafayette and Lake Charles. Separately, LSU hospitals in Shreveport, Monroe and Pineville must consider their own cuts.