Och­sner Health, Ba­ton Rouge Gen­eral drop joint ven­ture plans

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

New Or­leans-based Och­sner Health Sys­tem and Ba­ton Rouge (La.) Gen­eral have dropped their plans to af­fil­i­ate.

The or­ga­ni­za­tions did not ex­plain why they de­cided to walk away from the pend­ing part­ner­ship, which was an­nounced in March 2016.

In a joint state­ment, Ba­ton Rouge in­terim CEO Edgardo Ten­reiro and Och­sner Health Sys­tem CEO Warner Thomas said: “Both or­ga­ni­za­tions re­main fi­nan­cially and oper­a­tionally strong and are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing the health of the pa­tients and com­mu­ni­ties we serve. We re­main open to con­tin­u­ing to ex­plore other op­por­tu­ni­ties to pro­vide value for our pa­tients.”

The deal in­volved Och­sner, Louisiana’s largest not- for- profit hospi­tal sys­tem, in­te­grat­ing its Ba­ton Rouge hospi­tal cam­pus with Ba­ton Rouge Gen­eral.

The sys­tems also would have jointly op­er­ated 31 clin­ics.

Ba­ton Rouge Gen­eral in­cludes a 463-bed hospi­tal and a down­town cam­pus that pro­vides re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices, long-term care and out­pa­tient care. Och­sner owns or jointly op­er­ates 28 hos­pi­tals and 60 health cen­ters across Louisiana.

The an­nounce­ment to dis­solve the af­fil­i­a­tion comes about four months after Ba­ton Rouge’s for­mer CEO Mark Slyter abruptly re­signed. No rea­son was given for his de­par­ture.

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