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Baton Rouge General Foundation Announces 2016 Board Members

Baton Rouge, La. – The Baton Rouge General Foundation recently announced its newly elected Board of Governors. New members began their service in January, and were elected to three-year terms.

New members on the Board include:

Ernest J. Mencer, MD – Dr. Mencer has practiced as a general surgeon, specializing in burn care, at Baton Rouge General since 1978. A native of Baton Rouge, he graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 and earned a medical degree from Meharry Medical College in 1972. Dr. Mencer is past Vice-Chief and Chief of General Surgery for Baton Rouge General.

Dr. Mencer is married to Thomasine of Richmond, Virginia. Together they have two children, Melanie and Marcus, and five grandchildren.

Bart Phillips – Owner of Baton Rouge Cargo Services, Inc. since 2011, Mr. Phillips serves on the board of directors as founding member for Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation and is a member of the board of directors for AMIKids. He is a graduate of the US Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and earned his Master’s Degree in Leadership and Human Resource Development in 2004 from Naval Postgraduate School.

Mr. Phillips’ wife, Jessica, was a patient of General Health System, and Mr. Phillips has shared his wife’s life-saving story publicly. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips have four children.

Other members include:
Phyllis McLaurin, Chair – Community Volunteer
Gwen Hamilton, Vice Chair – EBR Redevelopment Authority
Robert B. Levy, Secretary – Levy Enterprises, LLC
Michael Allbritton – ASA Properties
Kenny Hodges – Assurance Financial
Sandra Holub – Albemarle Foundation
Joseph Juban, Immediate Past President (Ex-Officio) – Long Law Firm
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.
Deborah Reeves – Auxiliary President
Tena Roemer – Community Volunteer
Scott Singletary – Concordia Bank & Trust Co.
Gerald E. “Chip” Songy– Stirling Properties
William “Will” Weimar – Merrill Lynch
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

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, 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 a satellite campus 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 Fellowship Program. 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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