CHALMETTE, La. -- St. Bernard Parish's first hospital to open its doors since Hurricane Katrina is going through some growing pains.
The health care management company managing the hospital is moving on, and now the St. Bernard Parish Hospital Service District Board of Directors needs to come up with a game plan.
This summer, St. Bernard Parish Hospital opened its doors to the public. The $90 million state-of-the-art facility is being run by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.
The system recently agreed to let the St. Bernard Parish service district board take over the day-to-day management at the hospital.
Board officials confirm that the Franciscan missionaries are owed more than $900,000 in unpaid hospital services, and that in an effort to streamline management at the hospital, cuts have been made in administrative and marketing positions, impacting about five positions.
The changes, according to Wayne Landry and other hospital board members at Thursday’s meeting, aren’t expected to impact patient services.
“The board basically hires a CEO, and that CEO reports to the board. So it’s really kind of premature right now for me to say and speak on behalf of the board about what the ultimate management will look like, because obviously now we need to go and work out some transition issues with the Franciscans,” Landry said.
No word on when the board will come up with a new management plan for the hospital.