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New LSU Health managers confront rumors

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

The rumor mill at LSU Health Shreveport is swirling.

Ever since the state announced the Biomedical Research Foundation would assume management, it's got the whole town talking. 

Reporter Jessica Crandall asked the leaders of the BRF to confront the rumors head on this week.
 
Dr. John George, president of the BRF, has faced scrutiny for also sitting on LSU's board of supervisors. This has raised questions about a conflict of interest, which the state termed as unfounded. 

Steve Skrivanos, chairman of the BRF's board of directors, has a background in oil and gas. This is his first venture into managing a hospital. 

The first rumor about LSU Health involves former secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Will Bruce Greenstein be involved in management of the hospital under the BRF?

Greenstein resigned this spring amid state and federal investigations involving contracts directed to his former private sector employer. 

Shreveport blogger Elliott Stonecipher recently created a post citing a cell phone photo of Greenstein at dinner with who he said was John George and Steve Skrivanos. 

"I did have dinner with Bruce, but it was only the second time I'd ever met him," said Skrivanos. "He was in town with someone else and wound up at the dinner table. I had no idea he was going to be there." 

"To set the record straight, I was not at dinner with Bruce Greenstein," said George.

The second rumor about LSU Health is that the hospital will have no transparency under new management. 

It is now a state run entity that will soon be managed as a non-governmental, non-profit hospital.

"We're going to run it typically just as any other 501C3 hospital would be run. We will have community boards to interact with the public. Any management decisions will be made privately," said Skrivanos.

With CHRISTUS Schumpert set to close, some have wondered if the BRF is looking to manage that hospital.

"That's a new one, maybe we ought to consider that," said George. "No we're not going to do that."

"We're just trying to get our arms around LSU right now. We are very sensitive to CHRISTUS. They're a great community partner. Maybe in the future we could explore further opportunities with them, but we're not looking into operations right now," said Skrivanos.
 
And the last rumor, will the hospital will no longer bear the initials LSU?

Skrivanos says a new name may be in the works.

"We hired a consultant and we've had a bunch of interviews. We'll announce that in the weeks to come," said Skrivanos.

The deadline for current LSU Health employees to apply for their jobs online ended on Friday.
  
Now it's on to the interview phase.
Employees will have until Aug. 30 to either accept or reject job offers once they do receive them.

BRF management received 3,696 applications in total from 2,659 current staff looking to rehire.

In September, jobs at LSU Health will open up to the general public.
 

 

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