Irving-based Christus Enters Joint Venture in Louisiana

Christus Health and Ochsner Health System have struck an agreement to add Ochsner as a minority owner to Christus Health Southwestern Louisiana, the two sides said this week.

Two hospitals, a charitable foundation, an ambulatory surgery center, imaging centers, and clinics will be involved in the joint venture. Irving-based Christus will manage the hospitals while Ochsner—the largest non-profit, academic health system in Louisiana—manages physician and clinical operations.

The announcement hints at growth in the area, saying the joint venture “will also be responsible for all future health care facilities and services operated by the two health systems in the Lake Charles area.”

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The integrated system in Lake Charles will be governed jointly, with seats being held by both CHRISTUS Health and Ochsner, and local members will be selected to serve on the inaugural board of directors. Together, CHRISTUS Health and Ochsner will focus on identifying opportunities to maintain and grow high-quality medical services in the region, which is expected to result in more jobs in the long term as a result of this partnership.

Christus is made up of more than 600 healthcare facilities and 15,000 physicians.

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