Jeff Adelson / The New Orleans Advocate

JEFFERSON, La. -- The consultant on privatizing Jefferson Parish's hospitals recommends splitting the medical centers between two companies, an opinion that contains significant caveats and was offered only because of 'irreconcilable' differences between the East Bank and West Bank boards.

The recommendation from Kaufman Hall, forwarded to parish officials late Wednesday, takes pains to point out that dividing East Jefferson General Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center is 'less than optimal' for the parish.

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