Partner Healthcare Organizations From Across La. Celebrate Launch Of Ochsner Health Network

Partner Healthcare Organizations From Across La. Celebrate Launch Of  Ochsner Health Network

NEW ORLEANS – On Thursday, June 18, 2015, elected officials, along with the founding partner organizations came together to officially launch and celebrate the Ochsner Health Network.

Speakers included Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System (OHS); Patti Ellish, President and CEO, St. Tammany Parish Hospital (STPH); David Callecod, President, Lafayette General Health (LGH); Stephen Wright, Senior Vice President, Group Operations, CHRISTUS Health (CH); and Phyllis Peoples, President and CEO, Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC).

The event focused on the changes in the healthcare industry and the importance of partnerships to sustain growth while maintaining local access to care.

The overarching vision for the Ochsner Health Network is an opportunity for the highest quality healthcare organizations, initially including five founding partners encompassing 25 facilities across the state, and more than 3,000 physicians including physicians who are part of Ochsner Physician Partners and St. Tammany Quality Network, to come together and provide more value for more patients.

The goals set forth by the partners are to build upon unique strengths and share best practices to improve quality, safety and the patient experience, provide greater access to care for patients across the region and reduce healthcare costs.

“This collaboration is a prime example of the benefits of coordinated best practices that put the patient first,” said DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert. “It’s exciting to see this group of Louisiana organizations lead the Gulf South region in care coordination. I commend them for their work to implement the Ochsner Health Network and for their support of Louisiana’s public-private partnerships. Together, we can help ensure access to high-quality care for thousands of Louisiana residents.”

“Together, the Ochsner Health Network partners will expand services and solutions to improve care, collaborate to support physicians, utilize the most advanced tools and technology, empower employers with solutions, review data to re-engineer cost structures and develop leaders and physicians to innovate as they navigate the ever changing healthcare environment,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “As the national destination for care, Ochsner is preparing to increase capacity to support patients referred by our partners so that they have coordinated access to the specialized care for which Ochsner is nationally recognized.”

Patti Ellish described the key accomplishments between St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Ochsner over the last year including the launch of the electronic health record, Epic, in the STPH clinics in early June – a project that improves the integration of care for patients as they move between Ochsner and STPH. In addition, the partnership has brought Ochsner pediatric subspecialists into the service district to collaborate with local pediatricians to improve access to new services now available for children and families in west St. Tammany parish. She stressed that decision to join the Ochsner Health Network is a proactive move that allows STPH to remain the highly regarded community asset they have always been and continue to fulfill their responsibility to the local community in the future.

David Callecod, noted that the natural evolution of Lafayette General Health’s success as a system was to join the Ochsner Health Network. As a leader in patient experience, LGH plans to share best practices and continue to build clinical excellence. One of the first advancements detailed was the implementation of Ochsner’s telemedicine program in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lafayette General Medical Center. The added support of specialists such as Ochsner pediatric neurologists will allow LGH to utilize things like a Total Body Cooling System locally without having to transport the most delicate patients. Additionally, work will begin soon to better manage chronic disease for LGH patients and across Louisiana.

Stephen Wright of CHRISTUS Health highlighted the recent announcement of the partnership with CHRISTUS Health Louisiana, which included six facilities, completing the network’s statewide presence. In addition to an opportunity to work together on clinical research studies, he prioritized work on Medicare Advantage to increase cost savings for those patients. An early assessment on materials management for CHRISTUS has created more than $3 million in savings opportunities.

Phyllis Peoples called out the unique opportunity for Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC) to align with other very strong organizations through OHN while maintaining independence for both the hospital and physicians. Ochsner and TGMC have worked successfully together in a public/private partnership at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center and OHN is seen as the natural evolution of this relationship. Peoples will also work to identify significant cost reduction opportunities through the network along with the opportunity to invest in additional training and development for leaders and physicians through the Ochsner Leadership Institute.

“At the end of the day, it’s about taking care of patients and providing high-quality healthcare to the state of Louisiana,” said Thomas. “The future of healthcare is all about collaboration and partnership and the Ochsner Health Network partners and physicians are committed to the belief that no Louisianan should ever have to leave our state for the care they need.”

To learn more about the Ochsner Health Network please visit ochsnerhealthnetwork.org.

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About Ochsner Health Network

Anchored by Ochsner Health System and comprised of 5 of the highest quality partners, encompassing 25 hospitals across the state and ultimately the region, the Ochsner Health Network provides an opportunity for leading healthcare organizations to come together and build upon unique strengths to share best practices and provide greater access to care for the patients and families we serve. Founding partners include Ochsner Health System (11) St. Tammany Parish Hospital (1), Lafayette General Health (6), CHRISTUS Health Louisiana (6), and Terrebonne General Medical Center (1). For more information, please visit ochsnerhealthnetwork.org.

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