OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
Dr. David Carmouche is President of the Ochsner Health Network, the accountable care network of the massive Ochsner Health System - the largest nonprofit, academic healthcare system in Louisiana. It boasts 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, more than 100 health centers and urgent care centers, nearly 25,000 employees and more than 4,500 physicians.
Dr. Carmouche is a veteran of the healthcare industry in Louisiana. Prior to joining Ochsner, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, where he led initiatives to organize care, improve quality and increase affordability.
Vishal Vasanji is CEO of Relief Telemed, a new telemedicine platform that enables live medical providers to diagnose, and even prescribe medications, for users of the startup company’s mobile app. Through the app, patients can participate in a video visit with a licensed, healthcare provider, 24 hours a day, at a cost of just $39.95 per visit. Relief Telemed is not the first healthcare company Vishal has run. He previously acquired a health services company, and founded a chain of urgent care clinics.
Photos over lunch at Mansurs on the Boulevard.