Senator Gregory Tarver responds to BRF

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Senator Gregory Tarver says he’s fed up with BRF, and wants LSU to take over University Health.

“They have a 501 3C non profit that could walk in there tomorrow and run the hospital. They have the expertise at LSU med school,” says Senator Tarver.

If you look at the facts, Senator Tarver says BRF just doesn’t measure up with quality of care, or with paying their bills on time.

“Not only on time. They are not paying their bills at all. Right now they owe LSU med school 23 million dollars. They owe the state for lease payments for the buildings up there 7.8 million dollars,” says Senator Tarver.

BRF says they didn’t sign the memorandum of understanding because it’s discriminatory to North Louisiana.

“New Orleans was the only one that signed an MOU. We got the MOU that we had and said no we want to agree to the same terms New Orleans has and it was rejected,” says Stephen Skrivanos, University Health System Board Chairman.

Senator Tarver says that’s not true.

“Shreveport received a 47 million dollar increase. No other entity received that, but Shreveport. They are not being discriminated against. I would not stand for it. I’m on the finance committee,” says Senator Tarver.

He asks BRF to do the best thing for Shreveport, which in his opinion is leaving.

“They ought to leave voluntarily, but they aren’t going to do that. You know why, because certain people up there are making too much money,” says Senator Tarver.

Today BRF had a federal court hearing to unseal documents of Willis-Knighton’s antitrust suit.

No word yet on details from that hearing.

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