Lafayette General hosts press conference to announce merger with UMC
Helping UMC avoid previously scheduled layoffs and maintain the current level of services through June 30, 2013
Lafayette General help a press conference today to announce that the Louisiana Department of Helath and Hospital (DHH), LSU, and Lafayette General Medical Center have formed a memorandum of understanding that they have reached allowing Lafayette General to manage UMC under a lease agreement beginning July 1, 2013. LSU approached Lafayette General about a partnership after Louisiana's federal medical assistance percentage was reduced leaving hospitals in the charity system lacking necessary funds.
"This really begins the next chapter in Lafayette General and the Lafayette General health system. It is such an exciting moment. It is such an exciting time to have such a wonderful partnership with LSU. It is a wonderful opportunity to have the trust of DHH and the state to allow us to serve in this capacity and we really really look forward to this and have complete support from our board of directors as we move forward in our vision of being a major teaching hospital right here in Acadiana," says David Callecod, President and CEO of Lafayette General.
Lafayette General will begin making a series of milestone payments to the LSU Health System which will help UMC avoid previously scheduled layoffs and maintain the current level of services through June 30, 2013. Beginning July 1, Lafayette General will bring it's "Journey to Excellence" to the UMC campus in an attempt to raisse quality and access of care to patients. The immediate goal of the partnership is to continue to keep UMC inpatient services, emergency room services and outpatient physician clinic services open. Lafayette General also views graduate medical education as a core component of the agreement. The long-term goal is to strengthen and expand physician training in Lafayette.