County enters hospital management agreement with Ochsner
Published: September 11,2013
Tags: board of supervisors, county, county government, Hancock County, Hancock Medical Center, health, health care, hospital, J. Larry Ladner, Lisa Coward, management, medical, medicine, Ochsner Health System, Polly Davenport, public health
BAY ST. LOUIS — The Hancock Board of Supervisors voted to enter into a 90-day management agreement with Ochsner Health System in New Orleans to manage Hancock Medical Center.
Yesterday’s announcement comes less than a week after the supervisors terminated its management contract with Quorum Health Resources. The Hancock Medical Center is owned by the county.
CEO of Ochsner-North Shore Region, Polly Davenport tells The Sun Herald that the goal is to maintain a local option for the county.
“Oschner’s mission is to be collaborative and keep health care local,” she said, noting that Oschner and Hancock have had a working relationship.
Board of Trustees president J. Larry Ladner said the hospital board realizes it must maintain a health care option for the county.
“We were overwhelmed at the task in front of us. The only thing that came through loud and clear is we must have a hospital in Hancock County,” he said. “We believe we can accomplish the goal of building a model hospital for a model community.”
In early August, Hancock Medical Center asked supervisors to borrow $6.1 million in bonds to help the county-owned hospital finish construction.
The bond request was made in the same time frame as layoffs and cutbacks to employee hours at the hospital. The hospital also reported nearly $11 million in uncompensated medical care, dating back 12 months, and decreasing health care reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare.
Supervisor Lisa Cowand said supervisors are instead looking into a line of credit because ongoing hospital construction is ahead of schedule.
Ochsner Health System runs nine hospitals in southeast Louisiana, including one in Slidell, as well as a series of clinics and medical offices. The private, not-for-profit system employs more than 14,000 workers and 900 physicians.
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