LSU Board Approves LSU Members of New Orleans Hospital Board

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 3:40pm

BATON ROUGE -The LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday confirmed the appointment of two prominent citizens and two members of the LSU Board of Supervisors to serve as LSU’s representatives on the non-profit board that will manage operations of the new University Medical Center in New Orleans.

The four were appointed by LSU System President Dr. John Lombardi.

The four LSU nominees approved by the Board of Supervisors at its meeting on Friday are: Elaine Abell, a Lafayette attorney and funeral home president; Dr. Byron Harrell, president of Baptist Community Ministries, a health-oriented foundation based in New Orleans; Bobby Yarborough, co-owner of Manda Fine Meats in Baton Rouge; and Rod West of New Orleans, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Entergy Corporation.

An August 2009 agreement outlined the board structure, with seven permanent members---four from LSU, one each from Tulane and Xavier universities, and one member that will rotate among Delgado Community College, Dillard University, and Southern University, plus four additional board members not affiliated with any university.

The state has committed about $775 million in state funds and an award against FEMA for construction of the new academic medical center that will replace the Interim LSU Public Hospital and the shuttered Charity Hospital that was damaged beyond repair as a hospital by Hurricane Katrina.

About the LSU board members:

Elaine Abell is an LSU Law Center graduate and attorney in Lafayette. She is also President of the Board of Directors for Fountain Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery. A member of the Iberia Bank board, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Acadiana, Women’s Foundation of Acadiana, Citizens Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission and the LSU Research and Technology Foundation. In addition, Abell was a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors from 1988 to 1994, serving one year as chairman.

Dr. Byron Harrell is the President of Baptist Community Ministries (BCM), a health legacy foundation based in New Orleans. It is one of the largest private foundations in Louisiana. In the years following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Harrell helped BCM focus on supporting public charter schools in New Orleans as well as the rebuilding of the healthcare infrastructure in the city. Harrell holds a Doctor of Science degree from Tulane University and worked for more than 25 years in health systems management, hospitals, health maintenance organizations and related fields. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium, a legislatively created public/private research partnership and is a former chairman of the New Orleans Downtown Development District.

Bobby Yarborough is co-owner and chief executive officer of Manda Fine Meats. He is chairman of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, chairman of the Louisiana Egg Commission, vice chairman of Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge, and a member of the board of directors of the Baton Rouge YMCA. He also serves in the Louisiana Grocers Manufacturers Representatives Association, and the Louisiana Meat Processors Association. He was appointed earlier this month to the at-large seat on the LSU Board.

Rod West is executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Entergy Corporation and a member and former chairman of the LSU Board. He also sits on the Board of Trustees for the University of Notre Dame where he was a member of the 1988 national championship football team. He earned law and master's degrees from Tulane University and practiced law in New Orleans from 1993 to 1999. In addition to his duties at Entergy, West has been heavily involved in efforts to help New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina, including keeping the Saints in New Orleans and winning the Super Bowl for the city in 2013.


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