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Gov. Edwards: Charity hospital operator violating contract

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says the private operator of state-owned, safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana is violating its contract.

The administration and LSU, which previously managed the hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, have started a legal process that could lead to the ouster of BRF as hospital operator.

LSU and the governor's chief budget adviser, Jay Dardenne, sent "notice of breach" letters late Monday to BRF, starting a 45-day period for BRF to correct problems outlined.

Among the complaints: Dardenne said Tuesday that patient care quality at the Shrevpeort hospital is poor and BRF is slow to pay bills, including to LSU doctors who work at the hospitals.

Stephen Skrivanos, representing the north Louisiana hospital manager, says it is negotiating with the state and "optimistic about a successful outcome."

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