CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier Unveils Strategic Direction for Health Care Delivery in the Region with a $55 Million Investment

May 20, 2013 (Shreveport, LA) – Today CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier announced a new strategic direction which will change how it delivers health care to the entire Shreveport-Bossier area. It includes an expansion of services and facilities to CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center, the addition of outpatient services at multiple sites in the community and a multi-year plan to repurpose the CHRISTUS Schumpert Medical Center campus. A capital investment of $55 million will fuel this plan to meet the healthcare needs of the Shreveport-Bossier community. For more than a year, the CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier leadership and board studied community growth patterns and points of access for health care. “This is transformational change for CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier. We have looked at the ways people want and need their health care delivered now and into the future, and determined a new direction,” said CHRISTUS Health Louisiana President and CEO Stephen Wright. “Some of the decisions are exciting, some have been difficult, but all will position our ministry for the future.” The plan was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier. The new strategy for CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier will deliver healthcare via a multi-pronged approach that includes a significant expansion of the CHRISTUS Highland campus, an expansion of outpatient services to Bossier and other growing areas of the community and the addition of primary care physicians to the medical staff. The CHRISTUS Highland campus will be redesigned and expanded to better meet the needs of patients and medical staff. Planned changes on the campus include a new Cancer Treatment Center, a new neonatal intensive care unit and the expansion of The Birth Place. Almost immediately patients and visitors will see enhancements that include refurbishing existing patient rooms and the addition of new patient rooms, reconfiguration of clinical space and addition of physicians’ offices as well as enhancements to the entrances and public areas. An important element of CHRISTUS Health’s new direction includes a physician strategy with an emphasis on primary care. This will include new and expanded primary care physician practices, labs and diagnostic imaging centers, as well as additional outpatient services for Bossier and other growing areas of the community. “Access to quality, convenient health care is a driving need and CHRISTUS Health intends to answer the call,” added Wright. “Planned expansions at CHRISTUS Highland mean a shift of services away from the CHRISTUS Schumpert campus,” added Wright. “We believe the best use of our Schumpert campus can be determined by working closely with the community.” CHRISTUS Health has engaged the services of Dynamis, a consulting company whose expertise is in working with hospitals and communities to repurpose facilities. Dynamis will work through a process that identifies and explores the viability of community needs which can be met at the Schumpert campus. “Unfortunately, in today’s health care environment, we have found the business model for Sutton Children’s Medical Center is not sustainable with the duplication of pediatric services in the North Louisiana region,” said Wright. “A majority of children in Louisiana are covered by Medicaid and that Medicaid funding has been cut by 26 percent over the last five years.” Despite the highly skilled physicians and nurses, Sutton Children’s Medical Center has run at a deficit since its inception. Some pediatric services will be shifted to the CHRISTUS Highland campus and some of the more highly specialized pediatric services, including the pediatric intensive care unit, will be phased out.