Ochsner, St. Tammany Hospital Enters Partnership

COVINGTON, LA (AP) — St. Tammany Parish Hospital and Ochsner Health System have celebrated the formation of a long-term, strategic partnership.

The agreement will allow the two institutions to share resources rather than compete against one another in the ever-changing health care landscape.

The partnership, which was first mentioned in May, was formally announced Tuesday, Oct. 7, before dozens of political leaders, hospital executives and physicians in the lobby of the Covington hospital.

Under the agreement, each medical organization will retain its name, assets, employees and governance.

In a press release, STPH CEO Patti Ellish said, “Our partnership represents an entirely new business model for this region. The joint operating agreement strengthens our ability to deliver on our promise of not-for-profit community health and wellness. It is a proactive step to improve quality and decrease costs while offering access to higher acuity healthcare closer to home.”

Kim Chatelain with The Times-Picayune reports the partnership will allow St. Tammany patients access to specialists and sub-specialists affiliated with the colossal Ochsner system and will give Ochsner access to beds at the Covington hospital.

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