Abraham wants pledge from Edwards to keep medical school in Northwest Lousiana


Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, is urging Governor John Bel Edwards and LSU Board of Supervisors Chairman, Stephen Perry, to add protections for Shreveport’s medical school in any contracts approved for a new hospital management company.

LSU and Ochsner Health System are considering partnering so that Ochsner would manage LSU Health Science Center Shreveport and University Health Conway in Monroe.

Dr. Abraham is requesting that the new contract include language that specifically says a medical school will always remain in North Louisiana. Abraham said “Lets put it in writing in the contract that that medical school, that research facility, stays where it’s at.” 

Governor Edwards was in Shreveport one day after Abraham sent a letter to his office and said “You will see a fulfillment of our stated commitment, from the very first day, and that is to preserve and strengthen the medical school right here in Northwest Louisiana, in Shreveport.”

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