Today, CHRISTUS Health Louisiana (“CH”) and Ochsner Health System (“Ochsner”) celebrated the formation of a strategic partnership focused on increasing local access to care, improving quality and reducing the cost of health care for patients throughout 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 an exciting time for CHRISTUS Health Louisiana,” said Stephen Wright, Senior Vice President, Group Operations, CHRISTUS Health. “The three CHRISTUS Louisiana regions: CHRISTUS Health Northern Louisiana in Shreveport-Bossier, CHRISTUS Health Central Louisiana in Alexandria, Natchitoches, Coushatta and Mamou and CHRISTUS Health Southwestern Louisiana in Lake Charles, are very strong. Through this partnership, we are now stronger statewide. We are excited to partner with Ochsner, a mission-driven organization that shares our commitment to expand our high quality care and decrease costs, while offering access to new models of health care delivery 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 the CHRISTUS Health facilities in Alexandria, Lake Charles and Shreveport-Bossier while gaining more 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, jointly identified investments in the resources needed to start new programs and the expansion of both employer and patient services and resources in the region.
“We are proud to have CHRISTUS Health as one of Ochsner Health Network’s founding partners – an evolving multi-state network that will be made up of the highest quality organizations in each market,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “We share a common goal – our patients; and a common responsibility – to ensure that Louisianans seeking the highest quality, coordinated care can find it right here in Louisiana and often in their own community. Together, we will share best practices and resources to expand our ability to deliver additional services to patients, physicians and employers across the state and the region.”
The two organizations announced several areas of initial focus for the partnership including building a comprehensive telemedicine program so that services like TeleStroke and TeleNICU are available across the three CHRISTUS regions. They will launch additional patient-focused initiatives aimed at improving the treatment of chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, and develop affordable solutions that not only enable employers to provide health care coverage to their employees but also empower them to deliver health and wellness programs for their employees onsite. Additionally, they will collaborate on clinical research studies, become more efficient in things like supply costs and the resources needed to support existing operations and expanding a Medicare Advantage offering to lower the cost of care for those patients through more integrated care management. Finally, CHRISTUS Health and Ochsner plan to work together to build a comprehensive, clinically integrated network of physician and hospital providers in Alexandria, Lake Charles and Shreveport-Bossier.
The agreement is neither a purchase nor an acquisition by either party. This is a strategic partnership representative of the strengths of both organizations and the commitment to the regions 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 the three CHRISTUS Health Regions in Louisiana or of Ochsner Health System.