May 24, 2016 03:33 PM

Clinical affiliation is neither purchase nor acquisition, two entities say.

Jennings American Legion Hospital has joined Lafayette General Health system as part of a clinical affiliation agreement. The two entities say in a press release that the clinical affiliation, signed May 10, is neither a purchase nor an acquisition. “While each organization’s ownership and governance structure will remain the same, the affiliation will enhance the economies of scale for both organizations and allow for sharing of best practices,” the release states.

According to the release:
As health care moves from payments for volume to value-based reimbursement, this affiliation will strategically position JALH for continued success. Those that can deliver care more efficiently and cost-effectively, leading to better patient outcomes, will see increased financial stability and long-term viability.

The goal of the agreement is to produce a partnership that focuses on producing high-quality, coordinated care to the residents of Jefferson Davis Parish and surrounding areas. The past successes of LGH clinical affiliations lie in the belief that care should remain local. LGH will offer clinical pathways that can provide lifesaving access to Lafayette General Medical Center’s (LGMC) trauma program for severe injuries needing the resources of a larger facility. This will allow JALH to treat more patients locally and rely on LGMC for critical expertise.

LGH currently owns or manages Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette General Southwest, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, St. Martin Hospital, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, and has a collaboration agreement with Opelousas General Health System. LGH has clinical affiliations with Franklin Foundation, Abbeville General, Iberia Medical Center and Bunkie General.

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