Lafayette, Opelousas Health Care Join Hands


    A collaborative agreement involving Lafayette General Health and Opelousas General Health System becomes effective January 1, 2015.
    The short-term agreement, which includes a renewable option, was reached in the autumn and builds upon a clinical agreement that the two systems initially entered in July, 2011.
    Gina Bradley Tuttle, OGHS chairman of the Board of Trustees, said the Opelousas system is "excited about the enhanced working relationship."
    "We believe that with the additional support and resources of LGH offered under our agreement that OGHS will be better and stronger," she said.
    "Our goal is to make Opelousas General better, because that ultimately makes Lafayette General Health stronger," said David L. Callecod, president of Lafayette General Health.
    Callecod himself will serve in an advisory role to OGHS beginning January 1st.  OGHS will adopt LGH's Journey to Excellence program, an approach to patient-centered care that aims to enhance the OGHS experience, the statement said.  LGH will offer resources, technology, purchasing power and clinical protocol alignment to OGHS, which will allow OGHS to better deliver care more efficiently and cost effectively, leading to better patient outcomes, finanical stability and long-term viability.
    To effect the changes, OGHS leaders will attend LGH's Leadership Development Institute, a two-day symposium offered quarterly that trains healthcare leaders to improve patient outcomes.  Institute topics include such things as lessening patient anxiety, LGH system spokesman Daryl Cetnar said.
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