The LSU Board of Supervisors quickly signed off Friday on an agreement that would close its antiquated public hospital in north Baton Rouge.
Under the proposal, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center would become home to LSU’s medical education programs as well as the hospital patients seen at Earl K. Long Medical Center, known as EKL. But critics say LSU and the Jindal administration are moving too quickly on a proposal that could lead to major disruptions in the area’s health-care delivery system. They decried the lack of community input prior to approvals moving forward.
One LSU-aligned physician, Dr. Benton Dupont — in a letter to community leaders — said officials need to look at the proposal’s impact on area health-care providers and patients, not in the isolated way it is being considered. “What if the entire delivery model of health-care services for Greater Baton Rouge … begins to unravel into a state of disarray?” Dupont said.