Governor Edwards, LSU take first step in removal of BRF

MONROE, La. (The News-Star) - According to our partners at The News-Star, Gov. John Bel Edwards and LSU have taken the first step in removing BRF as the operator of the state's safety net hospitals in Monroe and Shreveport.

Edwards and LSU issued separate breach of contract notices to BRF late Monday night, with Edwards saying the partner "has failed to achieve a public purpose as required by state law."

The termination notice comes only days after the governor said he was hopeful BRF could partner with Ochsner Health System of New Orleans to bridge the shaky relationship among BRF, the state and LSU, which operates its med school within University Health hospitals.

"This notice to BRF does not change the state's commitment to resolve this issue as quickly as possible," Edwards' spokesman Richard Carbo said in a statement to USA Today Network. "Gov. Edwards is committed to protecting medical education and providing for quality medical care in North Louisiana, and we are hopeful that BRF will work to resolve the issues in the notice of breach.

"This notice requires that the problems outlined be addressed in the next 45 days, and we will continue those discussions."

BRF operates University Health in Shreveport and University Health Conway in Monroe.

"We need to review the breach notices before we can comment," University Health Chairman Steve Skrivanos said late Monday.

Edwards met with about 15 northern Louisiana lawmakers in Monroe last week in the CenturyLink boardroom to update them on negotiations with BRF.

 

A hearing in the antitrust lawsuit is scheduled Friday in Shreveport.

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