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Mar 14, 2013 8:58 AM by AP

Shreveport foundation may run 2 LSU hospitals

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Shreveport foundation is interested in taking over the public hospital in Monroe as well as the one in Shreveport.

Biomedical Research Foundation spokesman Jay Meyers tells The Times the organization is interested in a partnership with both the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and E.A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe. He won't identify other potential partners.

Conway had been negotiating with St. Francis Medical Center of Monroe. Those talks broke off Monday when LSU officials preferred to explore the foundation option.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget relies on savings expected from turning public hospitals run by LSU over to private parties. The hospitals are struggling to fill budget gaps caused by state cuts.

The foundation board will consider a proposal at a special meeting Friday.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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