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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham asks Edwards for assurances for North Louisiana medical school

December 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, today sent a letter to Gov. Edwards and LSU Board of Supervisors Chairman Stephen Perry urging them to add protections for Shreveport’s medical school in any contracts approved for a new hospital management company.

LSU and Oschner Health System are considering partnering so that Oschner 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.

Dr. Abraham wrote, “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. I believe that the state and a new management company should take this opportunity to reaffirm this commitment to North Louisiana.”

Dr. Abraham graduated from the Shreveport medical school in 1994 and interned at Conway.

To view the letter to Gov. Edwards, click here.

To view the letter to Chairman Perry, click here.

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