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Jennings American Legion Hospital Signs Letter of Intent to Merge With Lafayette General Health

LAFAYETTE – Jennings American Legion Hospital (JALH) and Lafayette General Health (LGH) have signed a letter of intent (LOI) to explore a merger, whereby LGH will assume management and operations of JALH. Under the proposed structure, LGH will enter into a multi-year lease of the hospital, its clinics, physical plant and equipment with the local American Legion Post. JALH and LGH began a clinical affiliation in 2016, enhancing economies of scale, sharing of best practices and clinical protocol alignment.

The structure and specifics of the lease/management agreement will be developed during a due diligence process over the next several months. The goal is to finalize documents in the fall of 2020 and execute the arrangement as early as October 1. More details of the merger will be provided as the parties near completion of a formal contract.

The goal of this proposed relationship would be to help Jennings American Legion Hospital remain the hospital of choice in Jefferson Davis Parish, keeping residents close to home while receiving high quality medical services. LGH will be able to provide expanded resources, technology, purchasing power and more access to services. This will enable JALH to deliver care more efficiently and cost-effectively, leading to enhanced patient outcomes, financial stability and long-term viability.

“The partnership with Lafayette General Health opens up tremendous opportunities for continued improvements and growth at Jennings American Legion Hospital,” stated JALH Board Chairman Arthur Matte. “We have a strong, healthy hospital, but healthcare is complex and rapidly changing, and we need a partner that can help us thrive into the future and meet the evolving needs of our community,” continued Matte.

“Lafayette General Health has been a great partner of ours, and we want to continue growing with them and providing local healthcare for generations to come. We are very excited about what a merger with Lafayette General Health means for our patients, employees and the community,” said Jennings American Legion Hospital Chief Executive Officer Dana Williams.

Lafayette General Health anticipates a $6 million investment in technology, infrastructure upgrades and integration as well as physician placement and recruitment. Additional investments for facility upgrades and capital planning are also in development as the two entities work toward a final agreement.

“Nearly 70 years ago, the American Legion Post 19 established a hospital to meet the needs of its community. They built a terrific foundation for us to build upon,” stated LGH President David L. Callecod, FACHE. “It is our intention to successfully integrate Jennings American Legion Hospital into our health system while at the same time maintaining its rich legacy. We want to work together to make them an even stronger community hospital by growing existing services and adding new ones. As with our partnerships with other hospitals in Acadiana, our goal is always to keep healthcare local and close to home.”

On September 25, Lafayette General Health announced it had signed an LOI to merge with Ochsner Health System. The long-term lease agreement between LGH and JALH would make JALH a subsidiary of LGH. The Ochsner merger calls for a $365 million investment over 10 years and provides significant expansion of clinical services throughout all LGH facilities, of which JALH would be a part.

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About Jennings American Legion Hospital

Jennings American Legion Hospital (JALH) is a 49-bed non-profit acute care hospital located in Jennings, Louisiana. In the early 1950s, in response to community need, the membership of James O. Hall Post 19 American Legion committed to establishing a hospital which began operations on April 5, 1952, ultimately dedicated and operational at its present location in December 1960. The hospital continues its commitment to patients though a mission-driven culture of excellence. JALH is fully-accredited by The Joint Commission and offers a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services.

About Lafayette General Health

Lafayette General Health (LGH) is a non-profit, community-owned health system committed to delivering excellent care to Southwest Louisiana across a 10-parish area known as Acadiana. The system’s flagship hospital is Lafayette General Medical Center, founded in 1911, which serves as the Level II Trauma Center for southwest Louisiana. LGH also owns or manages Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, Lafayette General Orthopaedic Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital. Both Lafayette General Medical Center and University Hospital & Clinics are major teaching hospitals, providing graduate medical education across many disciplines. Lafayette General Health is a founding member of the Ochsner Health Network, a collaboration of leading health systems across the greater Gulf South region. LGMC ranked #17 in Top 100 Consumer Loyalty by NRC Health. Lafayette General Health has been named “Most Wired” by CHIME Healthcare’s Most Wired since 2012. And for the last four years, LGH entities have been named among Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work. For more information about Lafayette General Health and its affiliates, visit and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.