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Since 2018 CHRISTUS Health and Ochsner Health System agreed upon a joint venture for the people of Southwest Louisiana.

The joint venture includes two hospitals, a charitable foundation, an ambulatory surgery center, imaging centers and clinics. This 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. CHRISTUS Health will manage the hospitals, CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick and CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area, and Ochsner will manage all physician and clinic operations, with physicians and clinic staff transitioning to Ochsner employment. The 13 clinic locations in the Lake Charles area will also be co-branded to reflect both parties, and will be named Ochsner CHRISTUS Health Centers.

“This partnership is for the people of Southwest Louisiana. By bringing together two strong organizations, we’re building on our respective strengths and bringing greater access to care for Lake Charles and the surrounding communities,” explained Ernie Sadau, president & CEO of CHRISTUS Health. “One of the most beneficial aspects of the joint venture will be our collective ability to recruit additional physicians and make a continued investment in critically needed service lines such as pediatric services, women’s services, cancer services including expanded clinical trials and specialty care for our aging population such as oncology and neurology.”

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