Today, leadership representing the Division of Administration, the Governor’s Office, LSU Health Shreveport and Ochsner Health System held meetings with north Louisiana legislators specifically to provide updated details on the intended public-private partnership between LSU Health Shreveport and Ochsner Health System.

“I’m excited about the opportunity we have to move forward in North Louisiana when it comes to health care,” said Gov. Edwards. “I believe the partnership that we are forging with Ochsner to take over the operations of the hospital and then to really work as partners with the LSU School of Medicine is going to strengthen the medical school, grow it over time and enable us to have better facilities that will provide healthcare better than we’ve ever been able to provide in North Louisiana.”

The partners understand the success of this joint venture is critically important to the north Louisiana legislative delegation and the constituents and communities they represent. They are confident this new alliance will result in strengthened clinical care, increased patient access, enhanced medical education and expanded research opportunities. 

The agreement reflects a true 50/50 partnership between LSU Health Shreveport and Ochsner with a shared vision for advancing healthcare and medical education in north Louisiana.  As part of the agreement, a new governing board will be formed with representation from LSU Health Shreveport, Ochsner and the North Louisiana communities being served. To ensure the success of the long-term partnership, funding sources have been identified to support the healthcare joint venture in north Louisiana without requiring additional state funds.

The agreements regarding this public private partnership are subject to approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors and will be discussed by the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. Once the required approvals have been received, a formal announcement of this new partnership will be made in North Louisiana.