Ochsner Health System Acquires MHM Urgent Care And Occupational Medicine Clinics

MHM location at 4605 Magazine St.

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) announced it has acquired Millennium Healthcare Management, Inc. (MHM). Reps said this increases 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 four 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 percent each year through 2018 to meet growing patient demand,” said Gerry Cvitanovich, MD, chief medical officer of MHM Urgent Care and Occupational Health. “This acquisition means that Ochsner will now offer patients increased access to urgent care at a wider range of locations. 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 of 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.

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