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Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) represents a highly respected group of cardiologists located mostly throughout South Louisiana and in some neighboring states. CIS typically contracts with hospital organizations to provide access to their cardiologists. Lafayette General Health is able to leverage this relationship to improve cardiovascular care at Lafayette General Medical and at satellite locations when they refer patients to CIS at Lafayette General.
Since 2011, Lafayette General and Cardiovascular Institute of the South have pioneered a partnership to create a hospital-physician co-management agreement. The purpose of the agreement was to allow CIS cardiologists to be the decision makers in developing and achieving the high standards of care Lafayette General strives to achieve. Remaining authority for clinical, budgetary, technology and quality decision-making remains with the Lafayette General administration.
This mutually beneficial partnership has had tremendous results. It has fostered drastically better patient outcomes, stronger quality measures, shorter lengths of stay, reduced readmissions and higher patient satisfaction surveys for cardiology patients.
With the resources of Lafayette General Health, CIS cardiologists have the ability to advance the frontiers of innovation and research, utilize superior technology and acquire top specialists covering all facets of heart and vascular medicine. In 2013, Lafayette General Health extended access of its CIS cardiologists beyond Lafayette General Medical Center to include University Hospital & Clinics, where quality cardiology services were in high demand.
The co-management model of CIS at Lafayette General creates a culture of excellence that permeates the entire support staff of each organization, and Lafayette General has molded other co-management agreements in other service lines across its system based on this exemplary model of success.