New management takes over at Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital on Monday _lowres

Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital in Kaplan, La.

Lafayette General Health took over management and operations of Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital on Monday through a long-term lease agreement that expands the existing partnership with the rural hospital that began in 2002.

Previously, Lafayette General provided management services, such as executive strategy, financial analysis and group purchasing to the Kaplan hospital.

“Lafayette General Health brings opportunities to Kaplan that are not currently available,” said Bryce Quebodeaux, CEO of Abrom Kaplan in a news release. “The goal of this partnership is to ensure Vermilion Parish residents have access to great health care without leaving the parish. Lafayette General Health can help our hospital continue to prosper.”

As part of the lease agreement, the Vermilion Parish Hospital Service District 1 retained ownership of the property and equipment. Residents who live in the hospital district pay additional taxes to support the hospital and those tax revenues will remain dedicated for the hospital’s use, said David Callecod, president of Lafayette General Health in a news release.

“The tax dollars raised to support Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital will remain exclusively for (Abrom Kaplan),” Callecod said. “I want Kaplan residents to know their tax revenue will be used for the hospital. It will not be absorbed into our health system. It is our intention to fully integrate (Abrom Kaplan) into our health system while making them an even stronger community hospital in Vermilion Parish.”

A ceremony commemorating the lease agreement is planned in the fall when renovations at the hospital are expected to be complete.

The partnership enables the hospital to provide advanced medial services to the community that typically are only available at larger institutions, hospital officials said in a news release.