Sen. Willie Mount announced today that the Southwest Louisiana Health Care Consortium (Region 5) will convene its first meeting on Thursday, Oct. 14. Forty members have been chosen for this consortium, which services a five-parish region in southwest Louisiana (Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes.)

The consortium meeting will take place at McNeese State University in Lake Charles. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the Baker Auditorium inside Farrar Hall.

The meeting agenda includes election of a chairperson and election of other officers for the consortium, and a presentation on the Governor’s Health Care Reform Panel and Regional Consortium that will define the roles and responsibilities of the consortium by the Department of Health and Hospitals, other organizational business to formally establish the consortium and scheduling of future meetings and discussions. Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting and offer comment.

“We are very pleased with vast amount of citizen input we have received from citizens in the southwest area,” Senator Mount said. “We hope residents will turn out for the meeting so we can be apprised of their interests and concerns regarding the state’s health care reform efforts.”

More information about the activities of the Southwest Louisiana Health Care Consortium, and other regional consortia throughout Louisiana, can be found on the Department of Health and Hospitals’ Web site at Consortia members and minutes from each meeting will be posted on the Web site.

WHAT: First meeting of the Southwest Louisiana Regional Consortium
WHEN: Thursday, October 14th @ 10a.m.
WHERE: McNeese State University --- Farrar Hall, Baker Auditorium
Contact Information:  Senator Willie Mount, (337) 491-2016