Iberia Medical Center in New Iberia has entered a clinical affiliation agreement with Lafayette General Health system in a continuing trend of hospitals working together to improve health care and help reduce costs.

Iberia Medical’s affiliation with Lafayette General is not an acquisition, and each organization’s ownership and structure will remain the same, officials said.

The affiliation also expands an existing relationship Lafayette General has with the Ochsner Health Network. That network is a regional partnership of various health systems and hospitals.

The goal of the Iberia Medical and Lafayette General affiliation is to deliver quality, coordinated care to residents of Iberia Parish, keeping as much care as possible at Iberia Medical, only transferring patients to a Lafayette General facility if the scope of care requires it.

Officials said medical facilities that can deliver care more efficiently and cost-effectively, leading to better results for patients, will see increased financial stability and long-term viability.

“This will strengthen Iberia Medical Center in continuing to care for the people in Iberia Parish and offering the services our residents need right here,” said Iberia Medical Center President and CEO Parker Templeton.

The not-for-profit, community hospital is licensed for 99 acute-care beds for medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric and critical care patients. The hospital offers inpatient, outpatient and emergency services 24 hours a day. Iberia Medical also provides outreach and primary care services through the Jeanerette Rural Health Clinic and various general physician practices and medical specialists.

“The addition of Iberia Medical Center gives LGH a partner in all five parishes surrounding Lafayette,” said Lafayette General Health President David L. Callecod. “We continue to help these parishes retain their patients and further solidify their place within each respective community.”

Lafayette General Health has similar clinical affiliations with Franklin Foundation Hospital, Abbeville General, Savoy Medical Center and Bunkie General. Lafayette General Health, with about 3,500 staff members, owns or manages Lafayette General Medical Center, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, University Hospital and Clinics, St. Martin Hospital, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, and has a collaboration agreement with Opelousas General Health System.