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Baton Rouge General Foundation Announces 2015 Board Members

Baton Rouge, La. – The Baton Rouge General Foundation recently announced its newly elected Board of Governors, including Phyllis McLaurin, who was named Chair. Members began their service in January, and were elected to three-year terms.

McLaurin, who retired in 2012 from a 42-year banking career, served as Senior Vice President and Market Manager of JP Morgan’s Private Wealth Management for both the Baton Rouge and Lafayette markets. She is focused on the Foundation’s Legacy Program and chaired the individual giving campaign for Pennington Biomedical’s Annual Fund Drive. In 1991, McLaurin was selected by the chief judge of the U.S. District Court to serve on the advisory group for the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University and LSU School of Banking.

Phyllis McLaurin

New members on the Board include:

Scott Kirkpatrick, an attorney at Roedel Parson's Baton Rouge office, where he is a lobbyist on state issues. Among other clients, Kirkpatrick represents 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.

Keith O’Neill, a registered dietitian and Chief Executive Officer of Culinary & Nutrition Solutions at Hospital Housekeeping Systems, LLC. After working as a food services director at several hospitals, in 1989, O’Neill formed his own food service company, O’Neill & Associates, Inc., which grew to serve 23 acute-care facilities in four states. In 2010, HHS teamed up with O’Neill to launch Culinary & Nutrition Solutions. O’Neill is a graduate of Marywood University with a B.S. in Dietetics.

Richard O. “Bud” Parnell, Sales Leader Southeast, U.S./Louisiana Healthcare Director at Arthur J. Gallagher and Co. He is a Baton Rouge General Foundation Visionary Partner and serves as an ambassador by inviting individuals to support Baton Rouge General.

Other members include:

Joseph Juban, Immediate Past Chair
Long Law Firm

Gwen Hamilton, Vice Chair
EBR Redevelopment Authority

Robert B. Levy, Secretary
Levy Enterprises, LLC

William Weimar, Treasurer
Merrill Lynch

Michael Allbritton
ASA Properties

Kenny Hodges
Assurance Financial

Sandra Holub
Albemarle Foundation

Clayton T. Jumonville
Turner Industries Group, LLC

Scott Kirkpatrick
Roedel Parson’s Baton Rouge

Rick Lipscomb
WHLC Architecture

Keith O’Neill
Culinary & Nutrition Solutions at HHS, Inc.

Richard O. “Bud” Parnell
Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.

Vicki Pernici
Auxiliary President

Tena Roemer
Community Volunteer

Scott Singletary
Bancorp South

Gerald E. “Chip” Songy
Stirling Properties

Soonja Williams
Camelot College

About Baton Rouge General's Foundation

The Baton Rouge General Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support programs, education, services and research for Baton Rouge General. The hospital's mission is to improve lives and strengthen our community by providing exceptional healthcare. Foundation donors directly impact and improve healthcare provided to the Greater Baton Rouge community by supporting the enhancement of key service areas, establishing new programs and purchasing of new equipment or technology. For more information, visit here.

About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. From our birth center to senior services, and state-of-the-art heart and cancer care, Baton Rouge General provides care for the whole family at every age and every stage of life.

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

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