Lafayette General Health and Ochsner Health System Create Future Vision for Healthcare in Southwest Louisiana

4/27/2015

Today, Lafayette General Health (“LGH”) and Ochsner Health System (“Ochsner”) celebrated the formation of a long-term, strategic partnership focused on increasing local access to care, improving quality and reducing the cost of healthcare for patients across southwest Louisiana. Together, as part of the Ochsner Health Network, the two organizations will build upon their unique strengths and effectively collaborate as partners to improve the health of the Louisiana communities they both serve today and to meet the needs of new communities across the state.

“This is a unique opportunity for Acadiana,” said David L. Callecod, President, Lafayette General Health. “The LGH network has grown tremendously and is very strong, but through this partnership, we are now stronger. It is a proactive step to improve quality and decrease costs, while offering access to higher acuity healthcare closer to home.”

The partnership provides benefits for both organizations, physicians and, most importantly, patients, who will have the convenience of being treated close to home at all Lafayette General Health facilities, while gaining better access to the depth and breadth of care for which Ochsner is nationally recognized. The partnership will create greater opportunity for alignment through a comprehensive clinically integrated physician network, joint investments in the resources needed to start new programs and the expansion of patient services and resources in the region.

“Two of the highest quality organizations in the state are coming together as partners in the Ochsner Health Network (OHN) around a common goal – our patients,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “We are proud to have Lafayette General Health as one of OHNs founding partners – an evolving multi-state network that will be made up of the highest quality organizations in each market. Together we will share best practices and resources to expand our ability to deliver additional services to both patients and physicians across western Louisiana, the state and the region.

The two organizations announced several areas of initial focus for the partnership including expanding pediatric subspecialty care and comprehensive stroke care. Additionally, they will expand current technology to build a comprehensive telemedicine program so that services like TeleStroke and TeleNICU - are available across LGH facilities and launch additional patient-focused initiatives aimed at improving the treatment of chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes. Finally, LGH and Ochsner plan to work together to build a comprehensive, clinically integrated physician network in Acadiana, made up of the highest quality physicians.

The agreement is a strategic partnership representative of strengths of both organizations and the commitment to the region we serve. Under the agreement, each organization will retain its identity and operational oversight. The partnership does not change the governance, employees or medical staff relationships of Lafayette General Health or of Ochsner Health System. The networks of care within the LGH system will remain intact and will be enhanced by this partnership.

About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 13 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across nine specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 15,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 750 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Lafayette General Health
Lafayette General Health (LGH) is a non-profit, community-owned regional healthcare system committed to always delivering excellence. LGH serves the south-central region of Louisiana by aligning with facilities across a 10-parish area known as Acadiana. LGH’s flagship hospital, Lafayette General Medical Center, in operation since 1911, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that does not pay out any revenue to shareholders as for-profits do. LGH also owns or manages Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, and has several affiliations with facilities across the region. Both Lafayette General Medical Center and University Hospital & Clinics are major teaching hospitals, providing graduate medical education across many disciplines. LGH owns LGMD, a non-profit corporation that operates and manages several physician clinics including Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, as well as many specialists and surgeons. In 2014, LGH offered charity services in excess of $250 million. LGH property and assets total nearly $450 million, employing approximately 3,500 staff. For more information about LGH and its affiliates, visit LafayetteGeneral.com.

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