Audit: $3M in state hospital equipment still not found

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — A state audit says about $3 million in state-owned hospital equipment remains missing, though about $3 million worth has been found since an audit a year ago.

The missing equipment includes more than $1 million from a closed New Orleans hospital and nearly $2 million from one demolished in Baton Rouge.

The audit also says $75 million in equipment bought for the new public hospital in New Orleans over the past two fiscal years was not properly recorded and tagged before being turned over to the hospital operator.

A response from LSU Health says the equipment for the new University Medical Center in New Orleans has all been tagged and entered. It says it is continuing to look for the missing equipment described in last year’s audit.

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