Posted: Feb 3, 2014 2:25 PM
Updated: Feb 3, 2014 2:25 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The one-time leader of the LSU public hospital system is heading to Dallas, to become chief executive officer of a public county hospital.
Fred Cerise told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1j7xqIs ) Monday that he accepted the job leading Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital.
Cerise headed LSU's charity hospital system, with 10 hospitals and related clinics, before Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration struck deals that turned over management of most facilities to outside companies.
The Jindal administration replaced Cerise with Frank Opelka in August 2012, after Cerise balked at the privatization plans.
Cerise said he was approached about the Parkland job.
"It's a big public safety net place. It has a good history to it," he said. "They have a lot of public support, instead of debating whether they should exist or not."
Debbie Branson, of the Parkland Board of Managers, said she likes that Cerise has been an outspoken advocate for public health care.
"I want him to bring that passion to Parkland and I am convinced he will," she said.
Since his ouster as hospitals leader, Cerise has been an associate dean at LSU's School of Medicine in New Orleans. Before that, he was the secretary of the state Department of Health and Hospitals.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com