News from LSU Health Shreveport

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The local medical community has stepped up on several fronts to battle COVID-19 on the front lines and in the lab.  But that battle is far from over. Help in the form of cash is now on the way from the Caddo Parish Commission.

The panel has approved the donation of as much as $1 million dollars for the LSU Health Center for Excellence for Emerging Viral Threats (CEVT). This money will be used for a new building to expand the local medical school and for continued research.

The Commission approved spending up to $334,000 a year over the next three years.

Commission President Lyndon B. Johnson says “LSU Health Shreveport has played a critical role since the onset of COVID-19, and the Commission realized very early on the importance of partnership to fully fight this pandemic and we are excited about the continued partnership with LSUHS and what this will mean for Caddo Parish and our region. The expansion of the Center for Emerging Viral Threats undoubtedly creates the opportunity for growth and the addition of new programs and further positive impact to the economy of North Louisiana.”

LSU Health Shreveport has been on the forefront in the effort to get vaccines out to our community and that program continues. LSU Health has also led the way for testing as our community began the fight against this deadly virus.

DR. G.E. Ghali, Chancellor of LSU Health says "LSU Health Shreveport offers our deepest appreciation to the Caddo Parish Commission for their generous financial support of the Center for Emerging Viral Threats (CEVT).  These funds are an investment in the current and future economy of our community and the growth of LSU Health Shreveport. We value the ongoing support of Caddo Commission with the most recent support being of early community COVID testing in underserved areas which alleviated any major virus clusters in the parish."

Learn more about the plans for the new Center for Medical Education and how you can get involved at

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