Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge would have to spend more than $300 million in the next 10 years to bring its healthcare facilities up to code, according to a recent report. Meanwhile, bringing all facilities run by LSU Health Sciences Center up to the latest standards would cost a total of $1.1 billion, including the $300 million in repairs. The report was based on site visits to 10 hospitals. The two-year study was conducted by Washer, Hill & Lipscomb, Baton Rouge, and Adams Project Management Consulting, Rome, Ga. Architect Richard Lipscomb, whose firm worked on the report, said LSU is confronted with the "viability of (its) system and how to proceed." In late May, the Louisiana Senate approved a measure that would do away with a longtime law that guarantees free medical care for residents at state hospitals. LSU officials could not be reached for comment by deadline. -- by Susanna Moon
Remodeling LSU hospitals would be costly: report
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