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Privatization of LSU's Bogalusa hospital delayed

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BATON ROUGE, La. -

Plans to transfer oversight of LSU's rural Bogalusa hospital to private management will be delayed by two months.

   Frank Opelka, leader of the LSU hospital system, told the university system's Board of Supervisors on Friday about the change.

   The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, which operates four private hospitals in Louisiana, was scheduled to take control Jan. 6 of LSU's Bogalusa Medical Center, a hospital that cares for the poor and uninsured and trains medical students.

   Instead, Opelka says the management change will happen sometime in March. He says some of the financing details still were being worked out with the new hospital operator.

   Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has struck privatization deals for nine of LSU's 10 hospitals. Seven have taken effect so far.

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