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BRF eliminating board members

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The Biomedical Research Foundation is clearing it's board of directors.
 
The move will eliminate eight positions, removing Willis-Knighton CEO Jim Elrod and leaders of the LSU Shreveport Medical School.
 
William Lunn of CHRISTUS Schumpert recently resigned from the board.

Jay Meyers said this is a move to avoid potential conflicts of interest.
 
Now that the BRF is privately managing University Health, it has changed the dynamics of the board of directors.

Until now the board has been filled with 25 members. That number will dwindle down to 17 on Friday. 

The members leaving the board, in addition to Elrod and the med school leaders, include two doctors from the Shreveport Medical Society, a representative from the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and a representative of the Consortium for Education, Research and Technology of Northwest Louisiana.

Meyers said the organization decided to change its board structure to avoid conflict.

He cited an analysis by Malcolm Murchison, a board member and attorney.

The BRF will vote on the move this Friday along with approving members for the new BRF Hospital Holdings community board.
 
Meyers said they've received 56 applications for seven positions to be decided on this week.
 
The BRF may vote in new members to fill the eight positions in the future, but have no plans to do that just yet.
 
Reporter Jessica Crandall also spoke with Sally Croom, the spokesperson for LSU Shreveport Medical School Wednesday.
 
She said the board is removing their representatives, because University Health is staffed by medical school doctors and that could be a conflict. 

 

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