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Jefferson Parish just received $200 million; what happens now?

Oct 1, 2015

Some observers, including the Bureau of Governmental Research, said the proposition was too restrictive. It ultimately failed at the polls, receiving only 47 percent of the vote.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Idea Village joins groups giving attention to New Orleans as a health care hub

Sep 29, 2014

Business and civic groups in New Orleans recently have dedicated attention to the idea that the city can become a greater hub for the health care industry. The Bureau of Governmental Research hosted a talk on it last week.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

N.O. should use new medical complex to promote economic development, speaker says

Sep 23, 2014

Hecht and New Orleans BioInnovation Center President Aaron Miscenich were guest speakers Tuesday at a “breakfast briefing” of the Bureau of Governmental Research. They discussed the future of the health care and bioscience industries in New Orleans and statewide.

Source: The Advocate

Economic developers say New Orleans could become a medical hub but has challenges

Sep 23, 2014

“We’re sitting in the midst of one of the greatest economic development investments in New Orleans in a generation,” said Luis Zervigon, a member of the Bureau of Governmental Research board of directors, introducing a session hosted by the group.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Jefferson Parish IG concerned lack of direction compromises hospital lease negotiation

Apr 9, 2014

Last year, McClintock joined the Bureau of Governmental Research and others in criticizing the Parish Council for failing to establish objective scoring criteria for selecting a lessee for the hospitals.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Jefferson Parish hospitals forging ahead on different tracks as inspector general voices concern

Apr 9, 2014

In some respects, his memo echoes concerns he expressed in December. And it aligns with a report from the Bureau of Governmental Reseach, which in November blasted the Parish Council for a process that was in “total disarray,” lacking objective criteria and “shrouded in secrecy.”

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Jefferson Parish Council to consider disqualifying HCA from hospital lease

Jan 30, 2014

The selection process began more than 18 months ago but dissolved into “total disarray,” according to the Bureau of Governmental Research, after the hospital boards failed in August to agree on a recommendation.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Jefferson hospital lease process started with ‘one parish,’ wound up with division

Jan 14, 2014

Three years later, the boards are irreconcilably divided over choosing an operator to lease the hospitals, and the whole process is “in total disarray,” to use the words of the Bureau of Governmental Research.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Start over, sell hospitals

Dec 16, 2013

According to the nonpartisan Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR), the Byzantine process used by the council underscores all that’s wrong with Jefferson’s historically politicized, council-centric procurement policy. “It’s just another example of why there’s such a pressing need there for reform,” said BGR president Janet Howard.

Source: Gambit

Jefferson Parish Coroner urges Parish Council to take more time, seek advice on hospital lease

Dec 11, 2013

Cvitanovich’s call for a clear scoring method echoes the concern of Bureau of Governmental Research, which said in a critical report last month that the process has fallen into “total disarray.”

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Jefferson hospital lease finalists trade shots as Parish Council prepares for a decision

Nov 25, 2013

HCA and Children’s officials criticized each other’s proposals in interviews last week as Inspector General David McClintock finalized his report on the wayward lease process, which the Bureau of Governmental Research has said is in “total disarray.”

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Stephanie Grace: Hospitals’ politics have long tradition

Nov 10, 2013

Last week, the watchdog group Bureau of Governmental Research issued a harsh report declaring the process “overly subjective,” and chalking up problems to the lack of an objective contracting process that identified the most important factors, used a formula to measure those criteria and gave each contestant a final score.

Source: The Advocate

BGR critical of hospital selection process

Nov 7, 2013

The process of deciding which company should run Jefferson Parish’s two public hospitals is in “total disarray,” owing in part to a lack of clear standards to be used for the selection, the Bureau of Governmental Research said in a report released Thursday. The report ties the problems with the decision-making process to the non-partisan policy group’s larger critiques of Jefferson Parish’s contracting processes.

Source: The Advocate

Jefferson Parish hospitals lease is in ‘total disarray’ and ‘shrouded in secrecy’, BGR says

Nov 7, 2013

The Bureau of Governmental Research criticized Jefferson Parish on Thursday for how it is selecting a private operator to lease the parish’s two public hospitals. The process is in “total disarray,” lacking objective criteria and “shrouded in secrecy,” the report states.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Hospital president talks about massive University Medical Center construction and privatization

Oct 10, 2013

When leaders of Children’s Hospital began contemplating whether to take over operations of the new $1.1 billion University Medical Center under construction in Mid-City, they made what they believed was a simple request from the state. They wanted to see the architectural drawings for the state-run project. “They said no,” said Gregory Feirn, president and chief operations officer of Louisiana Children’s Medical Center, speaking Thursday morning at a breakfast sponsored by the Bureau of Governmental Research.

Source: NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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