Baton Rouge --- Sen. Jay Dardenne announced today the legislative delegation from the Baton Rouge region has chosen its health care consortium members. Fifty members have been chosen for this group, which services a seven-parish region (East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, Iberville and Ascension parishes).

The first meeting of the Region 2 Louisiana Health Care Consortium will be held Monday, Oct. 4, in the Senate Briefing Room at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m.

The meeting agenda includes election of a chairperson and other officers, and a presentation on the Governor’s Health Care Reform Panel and Regional Consortium, the roles and responsibilities of the consortium, other organizational business and scheduling of future meetings.

Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting and offer comment.

“We are very pleased with the enthusiasm we have seen from citizens of this area so far, and we hope many will attend the consortium meeting,” Sen. Dardenne said. “Citizen input will be an integral part of our efforts to reform health care in Louisiana.”

More information about the activities of the Region 2 Health Care Consortium, and other regional consortia throughout Louisiana, can be found on the Department of Health and Hospitals’ Web site at Minutes from each consortium meeting will be posted on the Web site.

WHAT: First meeting of the Region 2 Health Care Consortium
WHEN: Monday, October 4th @ 9 a.m.
WHERE: Senate Briefing Room, State Capitol
Contact Information:  Senator Jay Dardenne, 225-342-9788


Sandra C. Adams - LA Coalition for Maternal and Infant Health
Pat Chester Alford - 
Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic
Pastor Joseph Awotwi - 
Baton Rouge
Stacy Barbay - American Heart/Stroke Assn.
Cindy Bishop - School Based Health Clinics and Orthopedists
Peggy Bourgeois - Diabetes Center, Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Brenda Blanchard, R.N. - Baton Rouge
Ken Brown - 
Gulf States Assn of Homes and Services for the Aging
Brian Bruce - 
Community Resource Coordinators
Sue Catchings - Health Care Centers in Schools and Coordinated School Health  Services
Mark Chustz - 
Administrator, West Feliciana Parish Hospital
Brenda Costa - Pediatric Services of America, Inc.
Robert Davidge - 
CEO,Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Joe Donchess - LA Nursing Home Association
Buddy Estes - Home Care Association of Louisiana
Jane Ewell - 
Fran Fransen - St. Gabriel
Christopher Funes, M.D. - 
Baton Rouge
Kathryn Glasper - Baton Rouge
Stewart Gordon, M.D. - Chief of Pediatrics, LSUHSC/EKL Medical Center
Jerre Hinds - 
Prairieville, LA
Dave Kemmerly - LA State Medical Society
David C. King, CPA - Baton Rouge
Brenda Kelly - Baton Rouge
Julia Kenny - 
The ARC of LA
Kevin Kleinpeter - Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce
Mary S. Labry - LA Sunshine
Rhonda R. Litt - 
LA Primary Care Association
Robbie Madden - 
YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge
Barbara Mims, R.N. - 
Baton Rouge 
Frank Mims, MSW - 
Baton Rouge
Joyce Maynor - 
Asst. Professor of Nursing, Southeastern LA University
Errol L. McRae, R.N. - DHH, 
Office of Public Health
Michael J. Nolan - CEO, Ascension Hospital
Andy O’Brien - Staff Counsel, Blue Cross
Dr. Margaret Pereboom - LA Health Care Campaign
Nick Perez, R.Ph. - St. Francisville
Virginia Pearson - 
Baton Rouge Health Forum
Dave Rambo - Jefferson Manor Nursing Home and Rehab Center
Richard “Dick” Raether, Jr. - 
Baton Rouge
Bruce Roberts - SW Developmental Center Parents Assn/Baton Rouge
Meghan Sanders - Synergy Health Group
Michael Smith - President, Our Lady of the Lake College
John Spain - Greater Baton Rouge Foundation
Brad Thibodaux - Baton Rouge
Roxanne Townsend, M.D. - Baton Rouge
Vivian Walker - 
Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and Synagogues
Lorent White - 
Patty Austerfield-Williams - 
LA Health Care Review, Inc.
Sandee Winchell - LA Developmental Disabilities Council