Agreement Reached to Allow North Carolina Company to Run Southeast Louisiana Hospital
Description: The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has worked out an agreement with St. Tammany Parish officials to allow a North Carolina company to take over Southeast Louisiana Hospital. The state had planned to shut the hospital down because of budget cuts. But, under the agreement, Meridian Behavioral Health would take over the facility, providing care for both outpatients and those who need to be admitted to the hospital.
DHH Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein says,"Our commitment has always been to maintain services through this transition, and this agreement is a perfect example of our ability to work closely with local officials and other partners to deliver health care services more efficiently and better tailored to that community's needs....With local governance and Meridian's expertise, we are confident that this will be a smooth transition and a better pathway for sustainable mental health services in the area."
Meridian will take over the facility on January 2. The company has agreed to give current employees an advantage to jobs, once they take over the hospital. Funding for the the hospitals is expected to come from private providers.
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