BATON ROUGE – During its September meeting, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved a cooperative endeavor agreement, or CEA, for a public-private partnership related to the management and operation of public hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe.
“We want to thank everyone for their hard work over this past year to find a long-term solution for health care delivery in Shreveport and Monroe, as well supporting the LSU Health Sciences Center and its teaching mission,” LSU President F. King Alexander said. “This partnership will create opportunities for growth and expansion of LSU Health Shreveport while ensuring success for Ochsner as our hospital partner. As we’ve said all along, we are committed to improving outcomes for patients, while training the nation’s finest healthcare professionals right here and across Louisiana.”
Under the new structure, Ochsner will bring their nationally-recognized expertise to the management of operations for all hospitals, clinics and the clinical activity of LSU’s Faculty Group Practice. LSU will continue to successfully oversee the LSUHSC-S School of Medicine, School of Allied Health and School of Graduate Studies.
“I am exceedingly grateful to President Alexander, his staff and the Board of Supervisors for their tremendous efforts to ensure that LSU Health Shreveport is positioned to deliver optimal patient outcomes and medical education. The vote approving an agreement with Ochsner Health System as our new hospital partner is a vote for a brighter future for our health sciences center and healthcare in north Louisiana,” LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor G. E. Ghali said.
The agreement reflects a 50/50 partnership between LSU Health Shreveport and Ochsner with a shared vision for advancing healthcare and medical education in North Louisiana. As part of the agreement, a new governing board will be formed with representation from LSU Health Shreveport, Ochsner and the North Louisiana communities they serve.
Under the terms of the agreement, Ochsner LSU Health System of North Louisiana will go live Oct. 1, 2018.
About LSU Health Shreveport
LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport is one of two Health Sciences Centers of the Louisiana State University System. LSUHSC- S is home to the School of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies and School of Allied Health Professions. More than 800 students are enrolled in the degree programs at any one time. Additionally, nearly 600 residents and fellows are trained each year. The primary mission of the LSU’s Health Sciences Center at Shreveport is to teach, heal, and discover, in order to advance the wellbeing of the region and beyond. At the heart of the LSUHSC-S is a strong faculty that include a number of nationally and internationally-acclaimed physicians and scientists. More than 600 strong, they lead our research efforts, educate our students and provide primary and specialty care to patients throughout the region. LSU Health Shreveport has strong community support, fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion that promotes mutual respect for all. For more information, visit www.lsuhscshreveport.edu
About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare 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 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit www.ochsner.org.