Ochsner Health and Adeptus Health Partner to Enhance Emergency Medical Care in Louisiana
New Orleans, LA and Lewisville, TX – Ochsner Health(“Ochsner”) and Adeptus Health Inc. (NYSE: ADPT) (“Adeptus Health”) today announced that they have entered into a new partnership aimed at improving access to emergency medical care in Louisiana. The joint venture will identify multiple sites for freestanding emergency rooms, starting in Greater New Orleans, to make access to emergency medical care services within communities more convenient. The freestanding emergency rooms are expected to provide Louisiana residents with enhanced, integrated care and emergent patients with quicker access to all of the services provided by Ochsner. Once open, the new facilities are expected to create additional full-time jobs.
“We want to offer a full spectrum of care and see patients when and where they want to be seen,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO of Ochsner. “This partnership is truly an extension of that effort and is expected to ensure that many Louisiana residents will no longer have to drive more than 30 minutes when they need critical, emergency care services.”
The American College of Emergency Physicians’ (ACEP) 2014 National Report Card demonstrated the need for additional access to emergency medical care. The most recent ACEP survey highlights emergency visits are on the rise. The overwhelming response from physicians noted that this rise is combined in part with an increase in the acuity of patients’ injuries and/or illnesses. This underscores the growing need for additional access points to high quality, 24/7 emergency care.
“We look forward to working with Ochsner to expand access to emergency medical care in Louisiana,” said Thomas S. Hall, Chairman and CEO of Adeptus Health. “Strategic partnerships with leading healthcare systems, such as Ochsner, are a vital part of our plan as we help transform the delivery of emergency medical care in the U.S. Through this partnership, we’re proud to expand into our fourth state and reach more patients who seek quality emergency care within their communities.”
About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health 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 25 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 50 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across six specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 90 countries worldwide. Each year Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees, nearly 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 750 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
About Adeptus Health
Adeptus Health (NYSE: ADPT) is a leading patient-centered healthcare organization expanding access to the highest quality emergency medical care through its network of freestanding emergency rooms and partnerships with premier healthcare providers. In Texas, Adeptus Health owns and operates First Choice Emergency Room, the nation's largest and oldest network of independent freestanding emergency rooms. In Colorado, in partnership with University of Colorado Health, Adeptus Health operates UCHealth Emergency Rooms. In Arizona, with Dignity Health, Adeptus Health owns and operates Dignity Health Arizona General Hospital and freestanding emergency rooms. All Adeptus Health freestanding facilities are fully equipped emergency rooms with a complete radiology suite of diagnostic technology (CT scanner, ultrasound, and digital X-ray), on-site laboratory, and staffed with board-certified physicians and emergency trained registered nurses. According to patient feedback collected by Press Ganey Associates Inc., Adeptus Health provides the highest quality emergency medical care and received the 2013 and 2014 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for exceeding the 95th percentile in patient satisfaction nationwide. For more information please visit us on the web at adhc.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect Adeptus Health’s current views with respect to, among other things, the anticipated results from the partnership with Ochsner Health System. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “potential,” “continues,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “seeks,” “projects,” “predicts,” “forecasts,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates” or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including risks related to the successful partnering with Ochsner Health and those risks described under the section entitled “Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors” of Adeptus Health’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), as such factors may be updated from time to time in Adeptus Health’s periodic filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this release and in Adeptus Health’s filings with the SEC. Adeptus Health undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.