The mission of the LSU Medical Center, Health Care Services Division is:
1. To provide access to high quality medical care to residents of Louisiana, regardless of their income or insurance coverage, and at a level of care appropriate to their medical needs.
2. To maintain facility environments conducive to quality, accredited residency, and other health education programs and to work cooperatively with Louisiana medical schools and other health education institutions to afford the maximum opportunity for clinical training in the hospitals.
3. To minimize the cost to the State of providing health care to the uninsured by operating its hospitals efficiently, cost effectively, and in accordance with the standards of the hospital industry, and by maintaining a base of patients with third party support, particularly Medicaid.
4. To work cooperatively with other health care programs, providers and groups at the state and community levels, in order to maximize the health care resources available to all citizens of Louisiana.
The goals of LSU Medical Center, Health Care Services Division are:
1. To implement initiatives to improve the effectiveness of health care delivery in the HCSD system by enhancing preventative care components of health care delivery.
2. To implement initiatives to improve coordination and cooperation with other segments of the Louisiana health care delivery system.
3. To implement initiatives which have the objective of better integrating the nine-hospital system and creating the management tools to support the fiscally prudent management of expenditures and revenues. Emphasis has been placed on improving information systems and automation to hospital functions, which are necessary for management efficiency and improvement of patient care.
The LSU Medical Center, Health Care Services Division (HCSD) was created by Act 3 of the 1997 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. This legislation transferred the former Louisiana Health Care Authority agencies to the LSU Medical Center (LSUMC), effective July 1, 1997. The LSU Medical Center, Health Care Services Division includes the Chief Executive Officer, and other personnel who perform system-wide administrative and support functions.
The facilities making up the Health Care Services Division include one hospital each in the cities of Monroe, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Independence, Bogalusa, and Houma, and two hospitals in the cities of Alexandria and New Orleans.
This agency's recommended appropriation includes $2,153,905 for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $4,052,749 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1999-2000 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt service payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the constitution of Louisiana:
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