LAFAYETTE — Lafayette General Health may add Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital to the list of Acadiana-area hospitals it is managing.
Lafayette General Health and Abrom Kaplan have signed a letter of intent to explore a long-term lease agreement under which the Lafayette-based health system would take over all management and operations at the Kaplan hospital.
The two hospital groups partnered in 2002 with Lafayette General providing administrative and financial analysis support, as well as group purchasing assistance. A long-term lease agreement would expand the partnership to include Lafayette General Health leasing the facility and taking over operations.
A formal contract isn’t expected until the end of the year.
“Lafayette General Health brings opportunities to Kaplan that are not currently available,” Bryce Quebodeaux, Abrom Kaplan’s CEO, said 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.”
The Kaplan hospital is owned by Vermilion Parish Hospital Service District No. 1 and is supported by taxes paid by residents who live in the hospital district. That structure wouldn’t change since the hospital service district would retain ownership, said David Callecod, CEO and president of Lafayette General Health.
“The tax dollars raised to support Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital will remain exclusively for AKMH,” Callecod said. “I want Kaplan residents to know their tax revenue will not leave the hospital. It will not be absorbed into our health system.”
Callecod said Lafayette General intends to fully integrate AKMH into its health system while making it an even stronger community hospital in Vermilion Parish.
Abrom Kaplan has 50 licensed beds and 112 employees.
Lafayette General Health recently took over operations of the former American Legion Hospital in Crowley, now called Acadia General Hospital, through a long-term lease agreement. In addition to owning Lafayette General Medical Center, the health system owns or manages: St. Martin Hospital, Lafayette General Surgical Hospital and University Hospital & Clinics, the former University Medical Center.