The mission of the LSU Medical Center, Health Care Services Division is to govern and provide administrative direction and management of a statewide system of eleven state operated acute care hospitals serving the state's indigent population.
The goal of LSU Medical Center, Health Care Services Division are:
1. Provide health services to the uninsured and to other citizens with problems of access to acute care hospitals.
2. Create and maintain a physical, clinical and administrative environment appropriate to the education of physicians and other health care professionals.
The LSU Medical Center, Health Care Services Division (HCSD) was created by Act 3 of the 1997 regular session of the legislature. This legislation transferred the former Louisiana Health Care Authority agencies to the LSU Medical Center, effective July 1, 1997. The legislation also mandated a change in the budget structure for the HCSD agencies from separate appropriations for each agency to a single appropriation with each HCSD hospital and Administration being reflected as separate programs within the single appropriation. Although the schedule numbers for the former separate appropriations were changed on July 1, 1997 to reflect the transfer to LSU, the appropriations were not merged due to timing problems between the legislatively specified date for the transfer and the date of final passage of the legislation. The budget for the HSCD agencies for fiscal year 1998-99 does reflect the new budget structure and consequently represents a change from the way the data was presented for fiscal year 1997-98 and prior fiscal years.
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 does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $7,579,627 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1998-1999 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 1998-1999 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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