The Louisiana State University Interim Hospital will reduce its workforce by about 300 people by the end of the calendar year because of about $24 million in budget cuts, said Fred Cerise, vice president for healthcare and medical education at the LSU system. Those positions will include a combination of administrative staff and direct caregivers, and the system has already moved toward that number through attrition, according to Cerise, who added that LSU does not expect the cuts to affect the services it delivers.
As we looked at our entire health systemwe have seven hospitals in this divisionwe made the determination to deal with the brunt of the cuts in New Orleans, Cerise said. He said because of a "re-generation of workforce" after Hurricane Katrina, officials think the system has reached a steady state and can do the work with fewer staff members. Also, as LSU plans for its new facility, it needed to consider efficiencies in its operations, Cerise said.
The 283-bed LSU Interim Hospital is housed in what had been the systems former University Hospital, which was repaired after the storm. The budget cuts are expected for the next fiscal year, which begins in July.