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Caddo commissioners say vote in favor of the BRF

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The Biomedical Research Foundation will not lose taxpayer funding this year. 

The new managers of LSU Health Shreveport faced some major questions from Caddo Parish Commissioners over transparency.

On Thursday night, they heard those concerns firsthand. Representatives of the BRF pled their case to keep funding from Caddo Parish.
 
For 20 years, the parish has supplied an annual tax of $1.5 million to the BRF to support their mission of research and economic development.
 
In the wake of the BRF taking over management of LSU Health Shreveport, commissioner Ken Epperson asked to put a stop to that tax levy.
 
He, along with commissioners Thibodeaux and Williams, asked the BRF to be more transparent in their business practices.

Technically taxpayers would have to vote down the levy in 2014, but Epperson felt this move sent a strong message. 

Early on Thursday, the BRF continued to unroll its new benefits plan to hospital employees.
 
They set up booths on campus with consultants to help people get an understanding of the new plans.
 
These benefits will kick in on Oct. 1.
 
Leaders of the BRF have ensured their employees the benefits are comparable with other medical institutions in the ArkLaTex.

Shontasha Leftridge, a long time nurse, said so far so good.

"When it comes to health insurance, it's pretty close to what I already had before. Then I looked at retirement because that was my biggest concern. I've been 15 years with this company. It looks like they'll be matching it at three percent and that will be good. I'll put in my allotment and then I'll let them put in what they'll do and I should be well," sad Leftridge.

In the next five days, the BRF will open up hospital job applications to the general public.
 
Meanwhile, the emergency department at CHRISTUS Schumpert will close Friday morning at 7 a.m. 

Adult and child services will continue on at Highland Medical Center on Bert Kouns. 

 

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