Iberia Medical Center, Lafayette General Health Reach Collaborative Agreement

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Iberia Medical Center, Lafayette General Health Reach Collaborative Agreement - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Lafayette General Health (LGH) and Iberia Medical Center (IMC) have entered into a Collaborative Agreement, enhancing the affiliation established last fall.

On August 3, 2015, a clinical affiliation was signed at the IMC board meeting, helping the hospital become part of the LGH network. This Collaborative Agreement strengthens the ties between the entities, but does not change the ownership nor governance of IMC.

The continued goal is to greatly improve health outcomes, access to care, and improve patient, physician and employee satisfaction.

"The additional support and resources that LGH can offer above our clinical affiliation makes this the right move for IMC,” stated David Groner, IMC Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. "In less than one year we’ve seen what type of collaborator Lafayette General can be.”

Under the agreement, authority and control of IMC will not change. All IMC employees, including Parker Templeton, FACHE, IMC President & CEO, will remain employees of Iberia Medical Center. Patients of IMC will continue to receive high quality medical services in New Iberia, and only be transferred to other facilities when clinically appropriate.

David L. Callecod, FACHE, President of Lafayette General Health, offered: "This Collaborative Agreement approach has proven to work. We can offer additional technology, purchasing power and access to our patient experience blueprint.”

LGH signed a similar Collaborative Agreement with Opelousas General Health System on January 1, 2015, helping the hospital achieve greater success.

"We can help IMC by providing planning and operational expertise for the North Campus,” Callecod added. LGH recently acquired Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and transitioned the facility into a second campus of Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC).

IMC will utilize LGH resources to enhance its Journey to Excellence program, a nationally renowned approach to patient-centered care that aims to enhance the patient experience. LGH will offer clinical pathways that can provide residents of Iberia Parish time and lifesaving access to LGMC’s trauma program for severe injuries needing the resources of a larger facility. This will allow IMC to treat more patients locally and rely on LGMC for critical expertise.

About Lafayette General Health

Lafayette General Health (LGH) is a non-profit, community-owned regional healthcare system committed to always delivering excellence. LGH serves the south-central region of Louisiana by aligning with facilities across a 10-parish area known as Acadiana.

LGH’s flagship hospital, Lafayette General Medical Center, in operation since 1911, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that does not pay out any revenue to shareholders as for-profits do. LGH also owns or manages Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, Lafayette General Southwest, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, and has several affiliations with facilities across the region.

Both Lafayette General Medical Center and University Hospital & Clinics are major teaching hospitals, providing graduate medical education across many disciplines.

LGH owns LGMD, a non-profit corporation that operates and manages several physician clinics including Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, as well as many specialists and surgeons.

In 2015, LGH offered community benefits in excess of $250 million. LGH property and assets total nearly $500 million, employing approximately 4,000 staff. For more information about LGH and its affiliates, visit LafayetteGeneral.com.


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