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LC Memorial Hospital enters partnership with Moss Regional

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital and its partner West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital has entered into a partnership with Moss Regional in Lake Charles.

The goal of the partnership is to improve the health care system in Louisiana.

"We cannot keep training tomorrow's healthcare professionals on yesterday's (health) system," Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Bruce Greenstein said. "This plan addresses that need."

Once the agreement for the partnership is in place, the LSU hospital system will allow Memorial to operate Moss Regional. But, LSU will continue to provide physicians.

In the past, plenty of cuts and layoffs have been made to Moss Regional. Greenstein said through the partnership, Moss will have two hospitals basically backing it up, therefore he hopes this will make Moss Regional stronger.

The merge will help out employees and patients who go to Moss Regional, according to Greenstein.

"We have long known that our public hospital system was outdated, unsustainable and focused too heavily on inpatient care. In recent years, people who've relied on LSU hospital system have more frequently sought care or referred to private hospitals for treatment, particularly around specialty services," he said.

Current employees of Moss Regional will be offered to change job positions from the LSU system to work in the partnership facility.

"We are obligated to operate the clinics and services at Moss currently, so it's our intent to hire as many of the employees as we need to accomplish that particular mission. We also have openings in our main campus and there's an opportunity for them to look there as well," CEO of Memorial Larry Graham said. 

Memorial, along with the LSU Hospital System, will begin working on the agreement terms of the partnership. That is expected to be worked out sometime in March, according Graham. 

Interim Hospital Administrator for Moss Regional Jimmy Pottorff said the partnership will help stabilize the whole healthcare system in Southwest Louisiana.

"As far as we're concerned for the patients and the staff, we're still going to provide the same level of care that we have in the past," Pottorff said.

Graham is looking forward to the collaboration.

"All of our decisions begin with the question: What is the right thing to do for our community?" Graham said. "Memorial believes that preserving the healthcare safety net for the working poor and uninsured, served by Moss Regional is the right thing to do."

The partnership will allow the hospitals to provide more care and perhaps add more services in the future.

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