The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc. (C100) has selected Dr. John George as a member for 2022. Dr. George is CEO of BRF, an economic development organization establishing North Louisiana as a preferred destination for high growth initiatives and is responsible for the expansion of BRF’s economic development initiatives, which include Shreveport Next, EAP (Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program), Envision Research, the Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy, the Digital Media Institute at InterTech, and New Louisiana Angel Funds 1 and 2, all housed at BRF’s InterTech Science Park with 325,000 square feet of specialized facilities and 26 tenants. Under Dr. George’s leadership, BRF also leads educational programs through its EdVentures high school STEM initiatives to grow a technology and knowledge-based workforce, and in partnership with LSU Health Shreveport, provides academically advanced high school students opportunity to receive research experience and mentorship from LSUHS mentors.
C100 Chief Executive Michael Olivier stated, “John brings talent, experience, and a keen interest in economic development to the Committee of 100 that will be important to our purpose in making Louisiana a better place for our citizens and for business and industry.” C100 is currently engaged in seeking fiscal reform measures to make Louisiana a more competitive business environment for existing business as well as recruit new business and industry to Louisiana.
Included among his accomplishments at BRF is the organization’s transitioning of the state’s former public safety net hospital system in North Louisiana to University Health System, the hospital partner of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport and Monroe. Dr. George and key leadership led UHS and its 3,200 employees through a financial turnaround while increasing service to underserved patients. Dr. George and UHS leadership were responsible for bringing over $160 million more to the region by increasing contracted payments to the medical school from approximately $40 million to approximately $108 million and increasing commercial insurance payments by $100. UHS was transitioned to the Ochsner LSU Health System partnership in 2018.
Prior to joining BRF, Dr. George co-founded and led the development of LifeCare Management Service, LLC, which included a long-term acute care hospital system, RehabCare LLC, and PharmaCare LLC. Through hospital startups and acquisitions spearheaded by Dr. George, LifeCare owned and operated 21 hospitals in nine states with over 3,000 employees managing more than 1,200 patients per day and with annual revenues of $370 million. In addition to his leadership role, Dr. George also headed the implementation team that opened and operationalized each of the hospitals started by LifeCare. In 2005, LifeCare Management was purchased by the Carlyle Group.
Among notable current board memberships are the Committee of 100, the Eighth Air Force Consultation Committee, the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation, Advanced Aero Concepts, Asteri Networks and Bia Energy. Among notable former board memberships are the LSU Board of Supervisors, the Centenary College Board of Trustees, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, Barksdale Forward, Shreveport Bossier Military Affairs Council, LifeCare Management Services Board and Pelican Security Network.
Dr. George and his wife, Nicole, live in Shreveport with their daughter, Angelle. He has four sons, Tripp, Graham, Crawford, and Bishop. He holds a B.S. from Centenary College of Louisiana and an M.D. from the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport.