LSU Health delays downsizing indefinitely

LSU Health delays downsizing indefinitely

POSTED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 5:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 5:19pm

Hundreds of local health care jobs have been temporarily saved.

LSU Health says it’s going to postpone its planned downsizing.

The organization came up with a plan back in October to let go of nearly 1,500 people statewide, including 340 workers at Earl K. Long hospital in Baton Rouge.

The layoffs were scheduled to begin next month, but now they're being delayed indefinitely.

Most of Earl K. Long's services would be shifted to Our Lady of the Lake, but people NBC33 spoke with say its location makes it worth keeping intact.

"It's kind of hard for people - the ones that don't really have much,” stated former patient Ben Mulkey. “After they pay their bills, money is short and they have problems getting there. To me, in my opinion, I think it (Earl K. Long) should stay open."

LSU Health lost more than $300 million from next year's budget because of a drop in federal funding.

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