Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
(DHH) Secretary Bruce Greenstein and Louisiana State University and
Agricultural and Mechanical College, Health Care Services Division (LSU) Executive
Vice President Frank Opelka joined Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC)
President and CEO David L. Callecod, FACHE, hospital leaders, physicians and
area legislators on Monday to announce plans concerning a public-private
partnership between LGMC and LSU.
All parties involved, DHH, LSU and LGMC, have met on an
ongoing basis to discuss University Medical Center (UMC) in Lafayette. Although not currently signed, a memorandum
of understanding has been reached allowing LGMC to manage UMC under a lease
agreement beginning July 1, 2013.
LSU approached LGMC about a partnership after Louisiana's
Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) was reduced, leaving hospitals in
the charity system lacking necessary funding.
LGMC will begin making a series of milestone payments to the
LSU Health System. This will help
UMC avoid previously scheduled layoffs and maintain the current level of
services through June 30.
Beginning July 1, LGMC will bring it's "Journey to Excellence"
to the UMC campus in an attempt to raise quality and access of care to
The immediate goal of the partnership is to continue to keep
UMC inpatient services, emergency room services and outpatient physician clinic
services open. LGMC also views
Graduate Medical Education as a core component of the agreement. The long-term goal is to strengthen and
expand physician training in Lafayette.
General Medical Center
Lafayette General Medical Center, a 353 staffed bed
facility, is the largest full-service, acute-care medical center in the
nine-parish area of Acadiana. LGMC
provides families with comprehensive medical services at every level of care,
from severe emergency trauma to the common cold. Lafayette General evolved from Lafayette Sanitarium, a
six-bed facility that opened in 1911, and has been a leader in health care
throughout its existence. Over the years, LGMC has expanded its services and
facilities to meet the community's growing needs.
Lafayette General Medical Center is recognized by federal
and state tax laws as a 501c(3) not-for-profit corporation. Although the
hospital generates money by billing for its health care services, it does not
pay out any revenue to shareholders, as for-profits do. Any net revenue is
reinvested into the organization for new equipment, facilities and technology
to better care for the people we serve.
As the regionís only community-owned and managed hospital,
all decisions are made locally by an experienced administrative team and a
volunteer Membership Corporation and Board of Trustees. At LGMC, you can count on us to stay
one step ahead of the changing face of health care.