Parish officals gather $3 million dollars to delay hospital layoffs until July 1
Officials in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes have developed a plan to delay the layoffs of some 245 employees at the Chabert Medical Center in Houma until July 1st.
The hospital workers, employees of the LSU system, had been scheduled to be laid off early in 2013.
The two parishes have developed a plan to delay the layoffs with $3 million dollars of parish funds.
"This funding from Terrebonne Parish, Lafourche parish and other sources should be able to save the 245 job positions that are scheduled to be terminated," said Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet Tuesday in an interview with WRNO.
The layoffs would cause the hospital to lose many programs, including the residency program that trains doctors who would practice in the area.
It's hoped that a plan for a private partnership will keep the hospital afloat after July 1 when Parish funds run out.