Apr 15, 2013 8:57 AM by AP
Corrections officials say the state will rely on Baton Rouge-area hospitals to provide emergency care for prisoners with the closure of LSU's Earl K. Long Medical Center.
The Advocate reports the inmates in need of non-emergency in-patient medical care will be transported to LSU's Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center in Independence, where a prison ward has been established, or the Interim Hospital in New Orleans, which sees some inmates today for cases the LSU Earl K. Long facility couldn't handle.
Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc says LSU is working to improve medical care offered at the Baton Rouge area's four prisons - expanding the telemedicine network where patients videoconference with doctors and expanding clinical exam capacity. Renovations are also underway for new health care clinics and procedure rooms on prison property.