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BRF addresses LSU Health patients for the first time

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LSU Health and the Biomedical Research Foundation answered patient questions in a town hall meeting on Thursday night. 


About 80 people came by to learn exactly how the management change is going to affect their healthcare.
 
It was the first time BRF leaders had sat down one-on-one with patients. 

A lot of people had concerns about rehiring at the hospital. While others asked if patient care will suffer on Oct. 1 when the hospital changes over to private management.
 
"Our biggest concern is that our patients are taken care of in a timely manner and that their needs are being met," said employee union president Janice Priest.

Leaders of the BRF and LSU Medical School took it all in stride by saying profits and jobs will both rise under private management.

"We think we're going to be hiring people up to the last week (before Oct. 1) and we think there may be a mad dash at the end because we're looking for qualified people, wherever they may come from," said BRF chairman Steve Skrivanos.

Employee union representatives left the meeting feeling skeptical after finding out their group will no longer be recognized.
 
"The proof will be in the pudding. I do not necessarily believe everything that they're saying," said union rep Bobby Bradley.

The BRF is just finishing up with rehiring current employees at the hospital.
 
Jobs were supposed to open up to the general public on Sept. 1. That has now been delayed for 3-4 days.
 

 

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