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5-25-65 Promises Shreveport Facility— Governor Backs Med School By CHARLES C. PHILLIPS Journal Legislatuive Writer BATON ROUGE—Gov. John J. McKeithen today threw his support behind a four-year medical school for Shreveport. He told a delegation of 80 busi-nessmen and members, of the Shreveport Medical Society that he will support a bill in the Legislature giving LSU au-thority to build the medical school. "When the time comes I am confident we can find the money," he said. The governor address?": Jshreveport - Bossier g r o up headed by Dr. Joe Holoubek whose surveys show that there is a need for another medical school in Louisiana and that Shreveport is the place for it. THE DELEGATION flew here in a chartered plane and after leaving the governor's man-sion they attended a hearing on the bill before the House Appropriations Committee. The committee took the bill under advisement and is expected to give it a favorable report in executive session later today. The measure calls for a four-year under-graduato inedicaJ school in connection with Con-federate Memorial Hospital at Shreveport. Dr. Edgar Hull, associate dean of the LSU Medical School at New Orleans, said that the cost of constructing a school at Shreveport would be around $5 million of which the federal government would put up $3 million. Cost of operation would be around $1 million a year, Dr. Hull said. HE SAID THAT it would take* from two to three years of planning before .such a school could get started.- "There were 70 qualified stu-who applied for medical training and had to be turned down last year," Dr. Hull said. "There is a definite need for additional doctors" and another medical school in the state. Shreveport is the logical place for such a school because Shreveportl is already a great medical center." He said that Charity Hospital in New Orleans is half Tulane and half LSU Medical School and if Confederate were turned over to LSU completely it would have greater facilities than either of the medical schools in New Orleans. GOV. iMcKEITHl:\ >i v '? of the school ail but assured passage of a bill by Rep. j . Bennett Johnston, Jr., and the Democratic delegation from_ Caddo 'which authorizes creation of the school. Johnston told the group gathered at the gov-ernor's mansion that the bill carried a $10,000 appropriation for study purposes but that this feature would be taken out as the study has already been made. Governor McKeithen said, fol-lowing Dr. Hull's statement, he was "confident that we can squeeze out the money for this school within the next few years." HE WARNED the group that Louisiana could operate its present services under present revenues but that if requests for additional facilities and services continue to come in, there could have to be more tax money. "You come from a conserv-ative area—and I do not crit-icize you for that—and you know in your own business you have to have more revenue if you are to spend more money." Such additional requests for expenditure of state money as the teachers pay raise, the two new junior colleges at Shreve-port and additional money for state employe salaries were mentioned by the governor. JOHNSTON TOLD the group that the foundation for a school building was already laid. Clarence Yancey, president of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, reminded the group that the foundation was built under Gov. Robert Kennon and money was appropriated for a medical school at Shreve-port, but that Gov. Earl K. Long stopped construction when he took office. Dr. Hull said that the Shreve-port Medical School should be able to take 75 freshmen stu-dents per year. The present thinking he said is that the school would be a part of LSU but not a part of the LSU Medical School at New Orleans. Dr. Holoubek told the group that the local and state med-ical associations had endorsed the medical school at Shreve-port.
|Title||Governor Backs Med School|
Phillips, Charles C.
McKeithen, John Julian, 1918-1999
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (Shreveport, La.)
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