POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 5:34pm
Baton Rouge, La — In a special meeting today, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved three cooperative endeavor agreements for the operation of public hospitals in the state, as well as authorization of an appeal to the recent judgment in favor of Capital City Press and the Times-Picayune.
The Board approved an agreement between itself, Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, BRF Hospital Holdings L.L.C., the Louisiana Division of Administration and Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for the operation of LSU Medical Center-Shreveport in Shreveport and E. A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe.
“This agreement solidifies our commitment to North Louisiana,” said LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport Chancellor Robert Barrish, who added that he believes they’ve come up with a community solution for the operation of the hospitals.
Barrish, along with LSU System Executive Vice President for Health Care and Medical Education Redesign Frank Opelka and representatives of the Biomedical Research Foundation said that both the Shreveport and Monroe communities will remain well involved in the functions of the respective hospitals, and that safety net functions for the uninsured will not suffer under the new management.
“We realize that you have all worked many long hours and many long days to get to this point,” said Board Chairman Hank Danos.
The Board also approved similar agreements with Southern Regional Medical Corporation for the operation of Lenoard J. Chabert Medical Center in Houma, and Southwest Louisiana Hospital Association relating to Dr. Walter O. Moss Regional Medical Center in Lake Charles.
Following a recap of the presidential search process by LSU Lead Legal Counsel Shelby McKenzie, the Board approved a resolution authorizing appellate review of the public records suits arising from the recent presidential search.
“The Board of Supervisors and the search committee set their sights high,” explained Blake Chatelain, chair of the Presidential Search Committee. “The search committee sought to recruit the best candidate possible while complying with public records laws.”
The Board will meet again on Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. in the LSU System Office on Lakeshore Drive.