NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) announced that they have acquired Millennium Healthcare Management, Inc. (MHM), increasing access to convenient, non‐emergency care and occupational health services in the Greater New Orleans area. Going forward, all 14 MHM locations ‐ including 12 Urgent Care and 4 Occupational Health clinics where 50 physicians provide care, 365 days each year to more than 135,000 patients ‐ will become part of the Ochsner Health System and Ochsner will manage the day‐to‐day operations.
“Becker’s Healthcare Review reported that the number of urgent care facilities is expected to increase 5.8% each year through 2018 to meet growing patient demand. This acquisition means that Ochsner will now offer patients increased access to urgent care at a wider range of locations.” said Gerry Cvitanovich, MD, Chief Medical Officer, MHM Urgent Care and Occupational Health. “In order to be proactive, we knew we had to partner with a leading organization committed to delivering quality in the right care setting – Ochsner was the clear choice.”
“With the demand increasing for both primary and emergency care providers, urgent care centers have become an increasingly viable option for patients,” said Pedro Cazabon, MD, Department Chair for Adult Primary Care at Ochsner. “Just as we do with our extended hours and urgent care locations, true urgent care centers offer patient‐friendly hours making them convenient and accessible for patients to get the most appropriate level of care they need.”
“Bringing this level of broader access into the Ochsner Health System fulfills a crucial need for our patients, giving them convenient, connected, affordable access to urgent care in our greater New Orleans geographic footprint,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “As the needs of patients continue to evolve, we plan to grow these options across the region.”
At Ochsner, Diedra Dias, Vice President of Urgent Care will work with Pedro Cazabon MD, Department Chair for Adult Primary Care and Joseph Guarisco MD, System Chair of Emergency Medicine to oversee operations for all urgent care and occupational health clinics in the Greater New Orleans area. Complete integration of services is expected by early 2017.
Citigroup acted as exclusive buy-side advisor to the Ochsner Health System in connection with its acquisition of MHM’s urgent care and occupational medicine businesses. To learn more, click here.
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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 60 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 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 ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.