Ochsner Health System has formed yet another partnership — this time with Christus Health Louisiana — that will allow the health organizations to combine their buying power and share resources to help reduce costs.

The partnership doesn’t involve a purchase or acquisition by either organization.

Under the agreement, Christus will become part of the Ochsner Health Network. Christus has hospitals in Alexandria, Coushatta, Mamou, Lake Charles and Shreveport and manages one in Natchitoches.

Christus Health Louisiana is a region of Christus Health, a Catholic system sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio and Houston. Christus Health also has nine hospitals in Texas.

Ochsner is the state’s largest health system, and it now owns, manages or is affiliated with 25 hospitals and more than 50 health centers.

The Christus partnership is Ochsner’s third in the last three months. The others were with Slidell Memorial Hospital and Lafayette General Health.

The latest deal gives Christus and its patients more access to Ochsner’s expertise.

The partnership also will create greater opportunity to share physician networks, jointly identify investments in resources needed to start new programs, and expand employer and patient services and resources in the region.

The partners will initially focus on adding telemedicine services like Ochsner’s TeleStroke and TeleNICU at Christus’ Shreveport-Bossier, Alexandria and Lake Charles regions. With those telemedicine services, Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans functions as the hub for expert consultations on stroke and neonatal intensive care unit assistance to patients at partner hospitals.

The health systems also will work together to:

  • Improve the treatment of chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Develop affordable solutions that enable employers to provide health coverage to their workers, as well provide on-site wellness programs
  • Collaborate on clinical research studies
  • Improve efficiency in things like supply costs, the resources needed to support existing operations and expanding a Medicare Advantage offering to lower the cost of care.

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