U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham speaks during a medal presentation ceremony honoring Lt. Joseph Lafleur, an Army chaplain who served during WWII, Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas, La.

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham wants any deal renegotiating management of north Louisiana's safety-net hospitals to include promises LSU will maintain its medical school in the region.

The Republican congressman from northeast Louisiana sent Gov. John Bel Edwards a letter Wednesday requesting the language be included in any contracts for a new company to manage the hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe.

Abraham graduated from the LSU medical school in Shreveport.

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Edwards has repeatedly pledged support for keeping the school in Shreveport and reiterated that Wednesday.

The Edwards administration and LSU are negotiating with Oschner Health System to take over management of the north Louisiana safety-net hospitals. No deals have been finalized.

Edwards' lawyer Matthew Block says any agreements with Oschner would include language reaffirming a commitment to the Shreveport medical school.

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