Hospital inks two-year deal with Ochsner
By Dwayne Bremer
Feb 21, 2014, 18:48
The Hancock Medical Center board of Trustees on Wednesday announced a new two-year agreement with Ochsner Health Systems to provide management services at the county-owned hospital.
The agreement was made public at an impromptu meeting with the hospital's staff, members of the board of supervisors, and the media.
"We choose Ochsner for our long-term stability and success," HMC Trustee Board President J. Larry Ladner said Wednesday. "What they have done in just a few months is nothing short of miraculous. Now, we can say that we are associated with a world-class medical organization."
The hospital board brought Ochsner aboard last September after it terminated the contract with its former management company, Quorum Health Services.
Ochsner's original contract with HMC was for only 90 days, but it was extended another two months in December.
During the past five months, Ochsner has been evaluating the needs of the hospital and providing the hospital board with suggestions on how to move forward.
Under the new contract, Ochsner will provide management and administration services for the hospital. It will also attempt to help the hospital through its well-publicized financial crisis, officials said.
CEO Polly Davenport said Wednesday that she and Ochsner have been impressed with what HMC has to offer.
"In the short time we have been here, we have seen the dedication, commitment and passion of the staff and community," she said. "We are excited to continue to be able to manage the hospital and finish the work which you have started."
Hancock County Board of Supervisors President Lisa Cowand said Wednesday that Ochsner will provide HMC with "stability."
"We are really excited about it," Cowand said. "Ochsner has proven leadership and our collective goal is to keep healthcare local."