05/28/2013 04:37 PM
BATON ROUGE – In a special meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 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 Barish, who added that he believes they’ve come
up with a community solution for the operation of the hospitals.
Barish, 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
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
The Board will meet again on Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m. in the LSU System Office on Lakeshore Drive.
Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013