Phyllis McLaurin named chair, new members added
BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, Baton Rouge General (BRG) announced that Phyllis
McLaurin has been named chair of its Board of Trustees, beginning January
1. McLaurin has served as vice chair since 2016 and is also a past chair
of the BRG Foundation Board of Governors.
Prior to joining BRG’s boards, McLaurin worked in banking for 42
years, retiring in 2012. She served as Senior Vice President and Market
Manager of JP Morgan’s Private Wealth Management for both the Baton
Rouge and Lafayette markets.
Outgoing chair Joseph E. Juban, counsel with the Long Law Firm, will continue
as a board member. He has been on the board since 2012 and also served
on the BRG Foundation Board for nine years.
BRG also announced three new members, who will each service a three-year
term: Dr. Jacques de la Bretonne, Gwen Hamilton and Scott Kirkpatrick.
Jacques de la Bretonne, M.D., retired radiologist, was a partner in Baton
Rouge Radiology Group from 1979 until his retirement in 2014, serving
as president of the group from 1993-2007. He was a member of the BRG medical
staff, as well as that of other area hospitals. He was an instructor at
the BRG School of Radiology Technology and Earl K. Long. Dr. de la Bretonne
also served on the Board of Hospice of Baton Rouge from 1995-1998.
Gwen Hamilton has served as an ex officio member of the board in her role
as chair of the BRG Foundation Board. She is the director of community
affairs for New Schools for Baton Rouge. Previously she has worked as
assistant chief administrative officer for the Mayor-President of Baton
Rouge, senior vice president of education reform for the Baton Rouge Area
Chamber, senior director for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation/Plan Baton
Rouge, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Social Services, and executive
director of the Children’s Cabinet in the Office of the Governor
for State of Louisiana.
Scott Kirkpatrick is an attorney at Roedel Parson's Baton Rouge office, where he is
a lobbyist on state issues. He will serve as an ex officio member in his
role as the incoming chair of the Foundation Board. Among other clients,
Kirkpatrick represents the Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana, American
Traffic Solutions and Louisiana Notary Association. Kirkpatrick received
his B.A. in Government and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia
and his J.D. from Louisiana State University.
From left, Dr. Jacques de la Bretonne, Scott Kirkpatrick and Gwen Hamilton.
Other members of the BRG
Board of Trustees are:
- Charles D’Agostino, Vice Chair
- Venkat Banda, M.D.
- Margaret Hart
- Brian A. Jackson
- Roy G. Kadair, M.D.
- Louis Minsky, M.D., Ex Officio Member
- Isabelina Nahmens, PhD
- Andrew Olinde, M.D.
- Edgar S. Starns
- Edgardo Tenreiro, Ex Officio Member
- Rev. Ronnie L. Williams
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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital
since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University
School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including
a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine
Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine
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