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Beauregard Health System and Lake Charles Memorial Health System Announce Affiliation

Beauregard Health System and Lake Charles Memorial Health System are pleased to announce the parties have entered into a clinical affiliation agreement. This agreement will create a partnership that focuses on producing high quality, coordinated care to the residents of Southwest Louisiana that will offer patients more comprehensive care. As health care dynamics continue to change in the industry, this affiliation will strategically position both health systems for continued success. Integrated health systems that can deliver quality care more efficiently and cost-effectively, leading to better patient outcomes, will see increased stability and improved services for patients.

“As health reform evolves, health systems and providers are developing more regional strategies and this affiliation between Beauregard Health System and Lake Charles Memorial Health System is a step in the right direction,” says William F. “Bud” Barrow, II, Chief Executive Officer of Beauregard Health System. “Our vision is to be the premier provider of health and wellness services in our community and to be the primary connector or ‘gateway’ to health care solutions wherever individuals and families are best served. This affiliation represents the results of a careful and deliberate process to ensure the best strategic direction forward.”

The success of Beauregard Health System and Lake Charles Memorial Health System lies in the shared mindset that health care is best delivered on a local level. The systems have complimentary missions, visions and values and share a passion to improve the health of the people and communities they have been called to serve. While both have clear strengths in their markets, the affiliation is a good fit and will enhance services, programs and access to care.

"This affiliation makes sense on so many levels. Lake Charles Memorial and Beauregard Health System are both not-for-profit, community-owned health systems. Every dollar made is reinvested back into our hospitals to bring the best technology, physicians, and facilities to the respective communities we serve,” says Larry Graham, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lake Charles Memorial. "It makes good business and patient care sense for us to coordinate and share resources, saving money and streamlining some services and operations."

This clinical affiliation is not a purchase or an acquisition. Each organization’s ownership and governance structure will remain as separate local boards of trustees. The affiliation will enhance the economies of scale for both organizations to allow for sharing of best practices and cost savings.

About Beauregard Health System

Built upon a 68 year old legacy of service to the people of Beauregard, Vernon and surrounding parishes, Beauregard Memorial Hospital recently announced the organization’s new name: Beauregard Health System. Beauregard Memorial Hospital becoming Beauregard Health System is reflective of both a 68 year tradition of being a faith-based, community hospital, and its emergence as a progressive network of inpatient beds, ambulatory and diagnostic services, an outpatient surgery center, physician offices, and health care joint ventures. Beauregard Health System currently has a medical staff of over 170 physicians, including the active medical staff, hospitalists, emergency department physicians, radiologists, pathologists and other specialty consultants. Additionally, the Health System’s affiliation with Doctors Hospital of Deer Creek and now Lake Charles Memorial Health System, and with national organizations such as Vizient allow it to be a gateway to creating a more connected and healthy community.

About Lake Charles Memorial Health System

Lake Charles Memorial Health System has grown to be the largest, community-owned full-service healthcare system, run by a board of local volunteers. The System is an elite group of health facilities that belongs to the people of Southwest Louisiana and serves everyone regardless of age, race, gender or financial status. Lake Charles Memorial Health System consists of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital for Women, Moss Memorial Health Clinic, Memorial Specialty Hospital, Archer Institute and the Memorial Medical Group.

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