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LSU Board approves health partnership with Our Lady of the Lake

By: - February 10, 2023 1:50 pm
A purple sign that says "Student Health Center" stands in front of a building and an oak tree

Our Lady of the Lake, a Christian Healthcare Ministry, will assume management of the LSU Student Health Center (Piper Hutchinson / Louisiana Illuminator)

The LSU Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a partnership Friday between the university and Our Lady of the Lake. The agreement will see the Catholic health ministry take over most aspects of student health care.

Kimberly Lewis, LSU’s chief administrative officer, told the board that LSU would continue to directly provide some services in the student health center, including reproductive healthcare.

“Because of the Lake’s relationship as a Catholic organization, we know that there are some differences, and we don’t want our students to not have access to all the services they currently have,” Lewis said.

The partnership will also bring pharmacy services, expand telemedicine capacity and provide up to $3 million annually for 10 years of in-kind services for uninsured and underinsured LSU students. OLOL is also donating $15 million for a new interdisciplinary science building and $10 million over the next four years for health research.

The agreement advanced from the finance committee on a 4-2 vote, with board members Jay Blossman and Rémy Starns opposing the partnership.

The transition is expected to begin this month.

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Piper Hutchinson
Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.