JEFFERSON PARISH HOSPITALS

Negotiations for private takeover of West Jefferson hospital hit new snags

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

Negotiations to lease parish-owned West Jefferson Medical Center to a private operator appear once again to be in trouble, with a key negotiator for the Jefferson Parish Council accusing LCMC Health of radically altering its offer for the hospital, potentially lowering the value of the deal by $29 million. Also, once again, LCMC officials have sought to… Continue reading →

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Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The New Orleans City Council took up the issue of the NOPD's dysfunctional sex crimes unit Thursday, December 18, 2014.   Council member Jared Brossett talks with Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux before the meeting.

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Negotiations for private takeover of West Jefferson hospital hit new snags

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

Negotiations to lease parish-owned West Jefferson Medical Center to a private operator appear once again to be in trouble, with a key negotiator for the Jefferson Parish Council accusing LCMC Health of radically altering its offer for the hospital, potentially lowering the value… Continue reading →

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Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis shoots against Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker on Tuesday in the Smoothie King Center.

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