LSU Bogalusa Medical Center will soon become Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, Inc.
LSU Bogalusa Medical Center will soon become Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, Inc. | Bogalusa Medical center, FMOL Health System, Louisiana hospitals, Louisiana Medical News

Hospital partnership agreement signed Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 11:45 pm

LSU Bogalusa Medical Center will soon become Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, Inc.

The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved a plan to transition the operations of LSU Bogalusa Medical Center from LSU Health Care Services Division to an affiliate of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System effective March 17.

A cooperative endeavor agreement establishes a public-private partnership between LSU Health Care Services Division, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and FMOLHS to preserve important health care access for the Bogalusa and Washington Parish communities. The public-private partnership agreement authorizes FMOLHS to assume the inpatient operations of the 98-bed hospital and emergency and outpatient services.

With the continuation of hospital services, the LSU Rural Family Practice Residency program will maintain rotations and preserve graduate medical education service in Bogalusa. Upon effective transition in March, the name of the hospital will change.

“The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady have been caring for the people of the state of Louisiana for over 100 years,” said Robert Burgess, president and chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth Hospital. Burgess is responsible for the transition team on behalf of FMOLHS. “This collaboration with the state extends the healing ministry of the health system to the citizens of Bogalusa and Washington Parish. We are pleased to be able to offer our support and expertise to establish this new model that assures the continuation of access to health care to people who otherwise may have been left without, while ensuring continuation of Graduate Medical Education and training for family practice residents,” he said.

Kurt Scott, chief executive officer of LSU Bogalusa Medical Center, added, “We are thankful for our colleagues at FMOLHS for their commitment that allows us to continue to serve the people of Bogalusa and Washington Parish.”

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, a not-for-profit corporation, serves as the parent for the healthcare ministry. It includes five hospitals and a full array of acute care and tertiary services, including residential nursing care, PACE, community support, and outreach. The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System includes Franciscan Health and Wellness Services, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, and the Senior Services Division.

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