NEW ORLEANS – Today, St. Charles Parish Hospital (“STCH”) and Ochsner Health System (“Ochsner”) announced an intent to expand their strategic relationship and build upon existing relations, expand services and increase access to medical care. Working closely together since 2008, Ochsner and STCH will fully align to strengthen resources, enhance existing clinical services and lower costs for the patients for whom they provide care.

“We are excited to expand our affiliation with Ochsner. As a community hospital, we have a duty to care for the people of St. Charles Parish,” Federico Martinez,Jr., CEO, STCH said. “This opportunity allows us to continue to strengthen existing services while increasing access to resources not currently available to our patients.”

This collaboration creates a unique, integrated environment to provide the highest-quality care to the residents of St. Charles Parish. Through shared best practices and implementation of advanced, patient-centered technology, each organization will focus on continued improvements in quality and access. Current services between the two entities include Ochsner’s Telestroke program, Neurology services and Primary Care services.

“As healthcare evolves, expanding affiliations like this better position each organization for success in this new value-based environment,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “STCH is a critical resource for the residents of this parish. The strategic benefits for both organizations will provide better alignment of resources and growth opportunities for their physicians and, most importantly, their patients. Patients will have the convenience of being treated close to home while gaining better access to the depth and breadth of care for which Ochsner is nationally recognized.”

Under the expanded affiliation Ochsner would provide management services to St. Charles Hospital and assist the local management team. However, the St. Charles Hospital Service District will continue to own the hospital and the Hospital Service District Board will continue to serve as the board of the hospital with all the same responsibilities for oversight.

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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 10 hospitals, both owned and managed, and more than 40 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across eight specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 14,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. 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 St. Charles Parish Hospital
St. Charles Parish Hospital is a not-for-profit 59-bed acute-care facility owned by the citizens of St. Charles Parish. Since 1959, St. Charles Parish Hospital has provided quality healthcare to the residents of the community and the surrounding areas with a full range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services. St. Charles Parish Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). St. Charles Parish Hospital is located at 1057 Paul Maillard Road in Luling, LA, just 20 minutes from New Orleans. For more information, visit www.stch.net or call (985) 785-6242.