Jan 30, 2012 7:20 PM by Melissa Hawkes

More UMC Employees Likely to Be Laid Off With Budget Cuts

UMC Administrators met with Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital Officials in Carencro Monday to talk about hospital budget cuts. A deficit is slashing nearly 4 million from the hospital's budget.

One hundred and six UMC employees who will likely be laid off. However, the plan keeps changing as lawmakers like State Senator Fred Mills fight to find the money.

"There's been some frustration in the process, but everyone is continuing to push the ball forward as much as we can," he said.

Monday Mills and other legislators like State Representative Stephen Ortego sat down with state officials face-to-face to talk about the cuts.

"We've left a little more optimistic today because we had an opportunity today to sit down with the DHH Secretary and really talk to local providers and people in the public hospital system as well as private hospitals to really understand the situation," he explained.

Lawmakers are looking at state and local funding, but so far nothing is secured.

Mills said, "from where we were in December to where we are now, we are making progress, but it's a work in progress. We may not find all the funding and then we will have to make strategic cuts, we want to make sure the patient doesn't suffer in this."

Hospital Administrator Larry Dorsey feels the same way. He's making sure pediatric patients will be taken care of. Although five services are being cut, he said a few Ob/ Gyn's and pediatricians will be moved to family medicine.



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