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Advancing Progress and Possibilities for a Healthier Future

Ochsner and
Lafayette General:
A Powerful Force for Health

When addressing the biggest healthcare challenges in our region, scale matters.

Lafayette General Medical Center has been serving the people of Acadiana since 1911.

After several years of collaboration, the bonds between Ochsner and Lafayette General Health (LGH) grew stronger in 2019 through a letter of intent for the two organizations to merge. The combination creates the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Gulf South with a focus on expanding access to high-quality care and improving the long-term health and wellness of communities across the region.

LGH is a nonprofit, community-owned health system committed to delivering excellent care to Southwest Louisiana across the 10-parish area known as Acadiana. As two of the leading health systems in our state, Ochsner and LGH share the responsibility to improve quality and safety, increase access and make healthcare more affordable. Combining the two organizations is an important new way we can continue to address critical health issues in Louisiana — including rising incidences of hypertension, obesity, chronic disease and growing demand for key services such as oncology care, stroke care, women’s and pediatric services and more. Joining together, we can tackle these issues to improve healthcare much faster than we can by working alone.

Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas (right) and LGH President David Callecod at the press conference announcing the planned Ochsner-LGH merger.

Over the next 10 years, Ochsner will invest $465 in capital and resources over the next 10 years to advance care across Acadiana. These plans include work to expand women’s services, pediatrics, cancer care, neurosciences and more, as well as deep investments in community health and wellness, digital medicine and technology. More than $50 million will be devoted to expanding and enhancing clinical services focused on the critical health needs of Southwest Louisiana. Our combination will also strengthen training and education for LGH employees, providers and caregivers, with a major investment in graduate medical education at Lafayette General Medical Center to help train the physicians of the future, with the addition of approximately 48 residency positions at the medical center.

As part of the Ochsner system, LGH will be known as Ochsner Lafayette General, and will be a powerful force to serve more patients who need us and improve the long-term health and wellness of the communities across Acadiana.