Iberia Medical Center and Lafayette General Health Announce Clinical Affiliation

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Iberia Medical Center and Lafayette General Health Announce Clinical Affiliation - Thursday, August 6, 2015

Iberia Medical Center (IMC) has joined Lafayette General Health (LGH) system as part of a clinical affiliation agreement ratified at the IMC board meeting held on August 3.  IMC’s affiliation with LGH also enhances their relationship with the Ochsner Health Network, a partnership of the region’s leading health systems and hospitals.  The clinical affiliation between LGH and IMC is neither a purchase nor an acquisition.  While each organization’s ownership and governance structure will remain the same, the affiliation will enhance the economies of scale for both organizations and allow for sharing of best practices.


As health care moves from payments for volume to value-based reimbursement, this affiliation will strategically position IMC for continued success.  Those that can deliver care more efficiently and cost-effectively, leading to better patient outcomes, will see increased financial stability and long-term viability.


The goal of the agreement is to produce a partnership that focuses on producing high-quality, coordinated care to the residents of Iberia Parish.  The intent is to keep as much care as possible at IMC, only transferring patients to a Lafayette General facility if the scope of care requires.


Lafayette General Health currently owns or manages Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, St. Martin Hospital and Acadia General Hospital and has a collaboration agreement with Opelousas General Health System.  LGH has clinical affiliations with Franklin Foundation, Abbeville General, Savoy Medical Center and Bunkie General.


"We are excited about this clinical affiliation with Lafayette General Health,” stated IMC President & CEO Parker Templeton, FACHE.  "This will strengthen Iberia Medical Center in continuing to care for the people in Iberia Parish and offering the services our residents need right here.”


Like IMC, many of LGH’s facilities are not-for-profit community hospitals.  The partners share a similar mindset of reinvesting excess margins back into the hospital through expanded technology, upgraded facilities and improved operations.


"The addition of Iberia Medical Center gives LGH a partner in all five parishes surrounding Lafayette,” said LGH President David L. Callecod, FACHE.  "We continue to help these parishes retain their patients and further solidify their place within each respective community.  We look forward to a great relationship with Iberia Medical Center.”


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