The Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, in a draft plan to address a $40 million projected deficit while raising some workers' pay, has proposed closing nine operating rooms, an HIV clinic and 20 psychiatric beds, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The cuts would represent almost 10% of the hospital's $415 million annual budget. A spokesman for the LSU Health Care Services Division, which operates eight of the state's 10 charity hospitals, including the medical center, said he could not confirm the report. "There are some very sensitive, very touchy, very hard negotiations about what we can cut," said the spokesman, Jerry Romig. LSU is trying to make up a $70 million projected deficit among the eight charity hospitals on anticipated revenue of $803.9 million for the current fiscal year, which began July 1. Some $30 million in cuts will come from the other seven hospitals, Romig said. The LSU Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the hospitals' budgets Aug. 22. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
La. hospital may close operating rooms, psych beds
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