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BIOMED (BRF) Call for “Transparency” from State Is a Howler!

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  • Elliott Stonecipher
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  • Elliott Stonecipher

News broke last night that University Health Hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe – which are creations of the Biomedical Research Foundation, regardless of its new logo and name change earlier this week – will proceed in the hands of some operator other than BRF within 45 days.

This latest such tactic should not be taken at face value. The key letter from the Governor to Biomed late yesterday does not at all read like a contract “breach” letter, which would erase all doubts.

In other words, negotiations are continuing, as they have been for weeks.

Most notably, in responding to the Governor, a media-reported response from BRF #2 Steve Skrivanos included a line which I re-read at least three times, and still could not believe:

“The citizens of North Louisiana should demand transparency from the state and LSU about what is really going on here.”

We should note that the contract between BRF and the LSU Board of Supervisors which began this horrid tale included 54 blank pages, and an exemption for BRF from the Louisiana Public Records Law. To boot, BRF bossman John George was a sitting member of the LSU Board of Supervisors when his BRF was handed our two North Louisiana hospitals by – you guessed it – the very same LSU Board of Supervisors.

In short, “anti-transparency” has been at the heart of everything BRF has done … from the jump … and always.

Whatever else happens, for BRF to complain about non-transparency from and by anyone, about anything, only highlights the very attitude and conduct by which it made itself an avowed enemy of LSU, the LSU Medical School, and the Edwards administration.

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Elliott Stonecipher

Elliott is a freelance contributor to RealShreveport.com and any other locally interested publications. Importantly, Elliott has several first-hand experiences in almost every aspect of the best and worst in local politics of Louisiana, particularly Northwest Louisiana. For several years and at great personal risk, Elliott has worked as a watchdog in local politics by writing and exposing numerous subjects that every other media outlet has refused to touch.

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