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LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe closer to privatization

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:27pm

Wednesday. the LSU Board of Supervisors voted to start negotiations with Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana to about managing the operations of two of their hospitals, LSU Medical Center in Shreveport and EA Conway Medical Center in Monroe.

While in the very early stages, the agreement is non-binding and either party can opt out at any time, officials from both sides are confident they are on the right track. LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor, Dr. Robert Barish, offered this statement, “We are very pleased that the Biomedical Research Foundation Board has decided to enter these discussions to ensure the future of our hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe. From the beginning, our goal has been to find a community-based solution. Our organizations have a long history of cooperation and shared objectives. Together, we hope to achieve a partnership that capitalizes on the alignment of our missions around healthcare education and patient services.”

LSU Board member, Raymond Lasseigne is hopeful as well, noting that one of their board members, John George, is already interim president of the research foundation.

Neither group is able to comment on possible job losses, but Lasseigne feels that since BRF does not already have a hospital staff, much of the current LSU Health Shreveport staff would be able to keep their jobs.

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