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Deeper cuts to university hospitals

The LSU governing board has agreed to deepen cuts to the university-run public hospitals by another $152 million. The cuts will fall across seven south Louisiana hospitals, eliminating dozens of inpatient beds and 1,500 jobs. Hospital system leader Frank Opelka outlined the budget cuts Thursday, and the LSU Board of Supervisors approved the slashing plans without objection. Opelka says he is working on plans with private health care facilities to help pick up the patients who won't receive care from LSU after the cuts. But it was unclear if those agreements were yet in place.

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