The deal to transfer management of two hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to Oschner and LSU has officially been finalized. The new system, called Oschner LSU Health System of North Louisiana, will begin October 1st, and has a ten year contract. Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s a deal that had to get done.
“The mission is special, because the hospital here provides services to everyone who comes, regardless of their ability to pay, regardless of their station in life.”
The Governor’s administration says the new partnership will allow for the expansion of services, including tele-health, and the renovation and expansion of surgical operating rooms and the intensive care unit. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says those expansions will mean north Louisianans won’t have to leave home to get healed.
“It will provide greater access to healthcare services, and the people in this community will not have to go anywhere to get specialty care.”
LSU President F. King Alexander says the deal puts to rest rumors of the north Louisiana branch of the medical school being closed or relocated, a concern that grew as tensions rose between LSU and the facilities’ previous manager, BRF, over the past few years.
“Put that thought to bed, because that’s not going to happen. We want to grow and expand medical healthcare, and medical education opportunities for everyone in the north east and the north west region of his state.”
BRF had managed the hospitals since 2013.