Edwards: Committed to keeping medical school in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards says he's committed to keeping the medical school in Shreveport.

Edwards was responding to a letter sent from Congressman Ralph Abraham urging them to add protections for Shreveport’s medical school in any contracts approved for a new hospital management company.

The state, LSU and Oschner Health System are considering partnering so that Oschner would take over operations from BRF and manage LSU Health Science Center Shreveport and University Shreveport and University Health Conway in Monroe.

 “I understand that the state and LSU have sought a resolution to the often-tenuous relationship with its current manager, BRF, and I appreciate that Oschner has a reputation of delivering high quality and affordable health care to patients throughout South Louisiana. Certainly, bringing stability to the management of the hospitals will provide much needed peace of mind to the patients who utilize those facilities.“But part of providing that peace of mind should include assurances that any new manager commits to keeping the medical school and teaching hospitals in North Louisiana" Abraham wrote. 

Governor Edwards responded, saying providing quality healthcare to NW Louisiana is paramount.

"Coupled with that, from day one, has been my steadfast commitment to keep the medical school in Shreveport.  I appreciate Congressman Abraham’s input, and now more than ever, we are on the cusp of improving the access to health care and ensuring that we are educating medical professionals in this region" said Gov. Edwards. 

More Stories

Don't Miss

Trending Stories

Latest News