State of Louisiana, LSU, BRF and Ochsner Health System sign letters of intent

Ochsner/LSU jointly plan to operate health system in Shreveport and Monroe

SHREVEPORT - The State of Louisiana, the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College on behalf of Louisiana Health Sciences Center Shreveport and the LSUHSC-S Faculty Group Practice, the Biomedical Research Foundation and Ochsner Health System announced today that they have signed Letters of Intent to create a new, long-term, Public Private Partnership agreement in Shreveport and Monroe. 

Under the proposed agreement, LSU and Ochsner will jointly form a new University Health System structure to coordinate activities between the school and the healthcare delivery system. 

Under the new UHS structure, Ochsner will bring their nationally-recognized expertise to the management of operations for both University Health hospitals and the clinical activity of LSU’s Faculty Group Practice, and LSU will continue to successfully oversee the LSUHSC-S School of Medicine, School of Allied Health and School of Graduate Studies.

Gov. John Bel Edwards said, “Both Ochsner and LSU are proven partners who are committed to leading the advancement of healthcare in our state. LSU has significant strengths in medical education and research while Ochsner, also committed to academics and research, has tremendous expertise in operating hospitals and supporting the clinical activity of large physician groups. Working together, in a more integrated fashion, we plan to successfully deliver quality, cost-effective patient care in an environment that is optimal for the continued teaching and training of our state’s future doctors and healthcare professionals.”


LSU President F. King Alexander said, “The Governor and his Administration have worked diligently to find a long-term solution for health care delivery at the safety net hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, as well as finding a way to support the LSU Health Sciences Center and its teaching mission. We are pleased with the prospect of working with a world renowned experienced hospital partner, like Ochsner. LSU’s goals are simple: improve outcomes for today’s patients and train the nation’s finest healthcare professionals to serve the patients in the future. This proposed partnership will help us achieve our goals. “

LSU Health Chancellor G.E. Ghali stated, “I appreciate Governor John Bel Edwards’ support of our health science center.  I am optimistic that a formal agreement with Ochsner will be reached in the coming months, assisting LSU Health Shreveport in reaching its immense potential.  The opportunity to strengthen our institution and community is very motivating.” 

The UHS structure under consideration would be governed by a new UHS board of directors made up of Ochsner, LSU and community board members from Shreveport and Monroe and in addition a Community Advisory Board made up of Shreveport and Monroe community members, and representatives from Ochsner, LSU and BRF to provide insight into the healthcare needs of the greater Shreveport and Monroe region.

University Health Board Chair Steve Skrivanos said, “We at University Health are extremely pleased by this announcement today. We have been engaged in discussions with Ochsner for some time because of their healthcare expertise, experience and commitment to delivering high-quality care in our state. We are honored to have been able to improve access to care at the Shreveport and Monroe Hospitals and look forward to continuing to deliver our substantial expertise in advancing biomedical research, which will continue to be invaluable to both hospitals. The great work of the dedicated employees of University Health and their incredible care for patients is to be commended and they will be taken care of in this transition process.”

President and CEO, Ochsner Health System Warner Thomas said, “In addition to the incredible opportunity to collaborate from an education and research perspective, we understand the responsibility of fulfilling the historic mission of both hospitals to serve and care for Medicaid and indigent patients in Shreveport and Monroe. Based on our strategic and clinical expertise, we look forward to improving and expanding care while working with LSU to drive healthcare innovation in our state. Together we can explore additional relationships in the region, new community partnerships and the creation of new care delivery models that delivers more value to patients, physicians and students in north Louisiana.”

Under the non-binding LOI’s, teams from all organizations will work toward finalizing the details of the new agreements in early 2018.

 

 

 

UPDATE: KTAL NBC 6 has learned that Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will not be in attendance for the news conference announcing the Ochsner takeover of the safety net hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe.

Instead Gov. Edwards will be represented by Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, Executive Counsel Matthew Block and Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee.

The announcement is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Click here to watch the announcement. 

 

UPDATE: Governor John Bel Edwards is in Shreveport to announce a new partnership between the state, LSU and Ochsner Health System. 

Ochsner will takeover operations of at University Health Shreveport and University Health Conway in Monroe.

Both hospitals have been operated by BRF since 2013.

The announcement is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Click here to watch the announcement. 

 

UPDATE: Governor John Bel Edwards will be in Shreveport today to announce a new partnership between the state, LSU and Ochsner Health System. 

It's expected Edwards will announce that Ochsner will takeover operations of at University Health Shreveport and University Health Conway in Monroe.

Both hospitals have been operated by BRF since 2013.

It was first reported earlier this month that Ochsner was looking to takeover for BRF. 

Ochsner Health is headquartered in New Orleans.

Representatives from Ochsner, BRF and LSU will be on hand for the announcement. 

 

ORIGINAL:

The Shreveport Times is reporting that Ochsner Health System has reached a tentative agreement to take over operations at  University Health Shreveport and University Health Conway in Monroe.

Both hospitals have been operated by BRF since 2013.

It was first reported earlier this month that Ochsner was looking to takeover for BRF. 

Ochsner Health is headquartered in New Orleans.

Louisiana State Senator Greg Tarver has made it clear he's not in favor of Ochsner taking over the safety net hospitals.

KTAL NBC 6 reached out to the Governor's office, but they said they had nothing to confirm. They did say Gov. Edwards will be in Shreveport Tuesday.

Gov. Edwards has gone on record as saying he wants to keep the medical school here in Shreveport. 

We have also reached out to LSU, BRF and Ochsner Health System for comment, but so far have not heard back. 


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