Leaders at University Health shared their vision of strengthening “the most important health care system on the I-20 corridor” with more than 100 attendees from the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast hosted on the grounds of the hospital system’s Kings Highway campus.
“Since 1876 we’ve had a proud heritage and history of health care service to this community,” said Rod Huebbers, System CEO. “And, our partnership with the LSU Medical School dates back to 1969, when the first medical students were enrolled. But what we are most excited about is the history that we will create in the future that defines University Health in Shreveport and Monroe as the hospitals of choice for everyone in the community.”
Huebbers pointed out that University Health is the third largest employer in the region and contributes nearly $1 billion to the economy in the I-20 corridor. The hospitals have a range of medical specialties, services, and procedures to serve the community that are unequaled in the 200-mile radius from Dallas to Little Rock, from Jackson to Baton Rouge.
“Our leading medical expertise in burn care, trauma care, our center of excellence at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center – these are just a few examples where we set the standard of care for the region,” said Huebbers. “Stay tuned. You will see more development in more areas of specialty in the near future that ensure families in the region have easy access to the best medical care available.”
Huebbers introduced Rod Williams to the Chamber members, who takes over August 1 as president of the Shreveport hospital campus and operations.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am to become a member of this community leading a mission to create the highest quality health care available right here on this campus,” said Williams, who will be leaving Inova Health System outside of Washington, D.C., to join University Health. “Although I am a native of South Alabama, I have family roots in Shreveport, Minden, Alexandria, Houma. For me, it’s good to be home.”
Williams outlined his vision of excellence for the Shreveport hospital campus that includes comprehensive medical services, honoring physicians and staff, and ensuring that patients and their families experience the highest levels of respect, dignity, and service when they connect with University Health.
“Providing the highest quality of care and the best service in the community will be hallmarks for all of us here on the University Health team,” Williams said. “We intend to be the preferred hospital for all families in the region.”