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Moss Regional agreement between Lake Charles Memorial, LSU Health finalized

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The Moss Regional partnership between Lake Charles Memorial and LSU Health Systems has been finalized.

According to a news release from Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, the public-private cooperative endeavor agreement went into effect Monday.

The deal officially brings Moss Regional Hospital's inpatient and emergency services to Memorial.

"We are excited and pleased to have the trust and support of both the LSU System and our state lawmakers when it comes to caring for the patients of Moss Regional," said Larry Graham, president and chief executive officer of the Lake Charles Memorial Health System. "This official switch allows us to move forward and provide care for those patients within the Memorial Health System."

Hospital officials on Monday said W.O. Moss Regional Hospital will now be known as "W.O. Moss Memorial Health Clinic."

Officials said the inpatient, emergency and surgery services have been transferred to Memorial Hospital's Oak Park campus.

West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) will provide some surgery and inpatient services for patients living in the WCCH service area, officials said.

"However, the outpatient clinics and services that were previously offered at Moss will continue. These include: the asthma clinic, chemotherapy, dermatology, gyn clinic, hypertension clinic, infectious disease clinic, minor procedure clinic, ophthalmology, rheumatology, pharmacy services, primary care clinics and urgent care clinic," the release states.

Officials said a new medical office building is planned to be built on the Moss campus, at an estimated cost of $4 million.

The emergency room at Moss is now an urgent care clinic to serve minor emergencies from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Patients with major emergencies can visit the Memorial emergency room 24 hours a day, officials said.

"The goal of the new configuration is improving access to primary and specialty care for Moss Regional patients, giving them more options and the ability to access services in our region," officials said in the release.

Around 225 state employees who once worked for the LSU Health System on the Moss campus are now employed in the same capacity by the Memorial Health System.

"I know there's always angst and worry about transition, but what made Moss a special place for those who worked there isn't the building, but really it's the people who dedicated their careers to serving the underprivileged," Graham said. "However, as they join the Memorial family, I feel confident they will bring that spirit of caring to Memorial and help their patients make a smooth transition."

The partnership comes after cuts and privatizations in the LSU Health System.

On Monday, officials also announced that Bernita Loyd Brown has been named administrator of the W.O. Moss Memorial Health Clinic.

Former Interim Administrator, Jimmy Pottorff, will assume the role of Director of Operations. 

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