NEW ORLEANS - Today, St. Tammany Parish Hospital (“STPH”) and Ochsner Health System (“Ochsner”) announced the signing of a Letter of Intent to form a strategic partnership which will focus on delivering the Northshore great access to quality healthcare in the most cost-effective manner. This partnership positions both organizations for success in the new healthcare environment.

“This partnership will enable St. Tammany Parish Hospital to align our strongly respected and well-loved brand with Ochsner’s nationally recognized reputation, creating the largest, most comprehensive system in western St. Tammany,” STPH President Patti Ellish said. “It is strategic partnerships like this one that will help healthcare organizations thrive in our changing industry.”

The partnership between Ochsner and STPH provides strategic benefits for both organizations, their physicians and, most importantly, their patients. It provides an opportunity for both organizations to realize future growth opportunities through appropriate expansion of services, improved coordination of resources, sharing of best practices, a continued focus on quality and implementation of advanced technology. These advances will result in more integrated care and better value for patients.

“The challenges we currently face as healthcare providers are unprecedented. There is no doubt the future of healthcare will be about collaboration,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “Partnerships like this one are crucial for independent hospitals and providers as well as for larger systems. We are lucky to have two leading organizations coming together to build upon our common vision to lead in a time of change. Together, we will improve the delivery of healthcare to continue to make our communities stronger and healthier.”

“We view this as an opportunity to strengthen and expand quality healthcare for the residents of western St. Tammany Parish. We must continue to increase access to care while providing the highest quality at the lowest possible cost,” said John Evans, chair, St. Tammany Parish Hospital Board of Commissioners.
STPH is a service district hospital under local governance. Nothing about this partnership agreement changes the governance, employees or medical staff relationships of St. Tammany Parish Hospital Service District #1 or of Ochsner Health System. Each organization will retain its 1 name, assets and staff. Working as a team in western St. Tammany Parish, the two will offer patients an even wider range of options when it comes to where they want to receive care.

“Both St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Ochsner Health System are well known for offering the highest quality care,” said James Maurin, past Chair, Ochsner Health System Board of Directors. “The achievements to date are a testament to our collective physicians and care teams.”

“We are committed to working closely with St. Tammany Parish Hospital to build a customized partnership that benefits patients, physicians and our staffs,” said Suzanne Mestayer, Chair, Ochsner Health System Board of Directors. “This is an exciting time in healthcare and together, we look forward to continued investment in our communities.”


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 and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About St. Tammany Parish Hospital
A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no tax funding.

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