Lafayette

Oct 15, 2013 2:44 PM

Lafayette General announces affiliation with Bunkie hospital

Lafayette General Health and Bunkie General Hospital are proud to announce their recent clinical affiliation in order to provide the highest quality of care to the residents of Avoyelles Parish.

The goal of the partnership is to expand patient services in BGH's service area, with both organizations working cooperatively to provide "best practice" medical care.

"As health care has evolved with more advanced equipment and highly specialized care, hospitals realize that they cannot work alone and be successful," said President and CEO of LGH, David L. Callecod. "Within LGH, our goal is to establish relationships with area hospitals and health care providers to improve patient outcomes. By sharing information and resources between our facilities, we can reduce variation in how care is delivered. Studies show that treating patients - whether at BGH or at another LGH hospital - according to best practice guidelines, improves the overall quality of medical care."

Under the arrangement, LGH and BGH hospital leaders will consult and correspond on medical and technical issues. This affiliation facilitates more optimization of patient information technology and assists providers across the systems.

BGH CEO Linda Deville says the market for health care services is getting more complex, particularly for rural hospitals. "Increases in competition and diminishing resources require us to develop strategies to compete effectively. We can do this through service integration with a large, well-known institution like LGH," she says.

Both CEO's agree that a closer relationship between hospitals will benefit patients most. LGH will work with BGH to provide employee and medical staff education and boost primary and specialty physician needs in Avoyelles Parish.

Deville says the assistance of LGH will permit BGH to remain an independent, critical access care hospital while improving hospital performance and employee morale. BGH is not selling or leasing any part of its 25-licensed bed critical access hospital to LGH. "Ultimately, BGH will continue to be able to provide the highest quality and most cost-effective patient services available," she says.

"We want to help them," says Callecod. "We are trying to strengthen the outlying marketplace so that the complexity and nature of our services can evolve more effectively. Anytime a patient is transferred here, our goal is to get them back to their referring physician. Ultimately, if the facilities we affiliate with are successful, then we will be successful.

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