Baton Rouge Health District board of directors announced

    Governance, developing a strategic plan and increasing awareness are first-year strategies identified by the Baton Rouge Health District’s new board of directors.

    The makeup of the board, which was announced today, consists primarily of the CEOs of the Baton Rouge’s largest medical and research institutions.

    “With changes in health care continuing at an incredibly rapid pace, the board of directors is focused on where we want to be as a healthcare community both now and 20 years down the road,” says Suzy Sonnier, the health district’s executive director, in a statement. “Working collectively, we can enhance our ability to provide high-quality, cost-effective and outcomes-driven healthcare in the Baton Rouge area.”

    The board includes:

    • Dr. William Cefalu, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
    • Teri Fontenot, Woman’s Hospital
    • Eric McMillen, Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge
    • Mark Slyter, General Health System
    • Todd Stevens, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
    • Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
    • Scott Wester, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
    • John Spain, executive vice president of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation

    Spain will serve as the board’s chair. Slyter is the board’s secretary/treasurer.

    The Health District released a request for proposals to create a business and implementation plan for a Diabetes and Obesity Center in May. The center will work on the prevention, diagnosis and management of diabetes and obesity.

    The Baton Rouge Health District is being developed along the Bluebonnet Boulevard-Essen Lane corridor.

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