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Ochsner LSU Health announces new affiliations with rural northwest Louisiana hospitals

From left: David Jones, Chief Executive Officer of North Caddo Medical Center speaks along with...
From left: David Jones, Chief Executive Officer of North Caddo Medical Center speaks along with Dr. Chuck Fox, Chief Medical Officer for Ochsner LSU Health And Chief Executive Officer for the Ochsner LSU Health Physician Group; Todd Eppler, Chief Executive Officer of DeSoto Regional Medical Center and Chuck Daigle, Chief Executive Officer of Ochsner LSU Health.(Ochsner LSU Health | Ochsner LSU Health)
Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 1:59 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2021 at 3:10 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Ochsner LSU Health announced Tuesday, June 29 that it will start working with two regional hospital systems.

DeSoto Regional Health System will now be affiliated with Ochsner LSU Health.

Ochsner LSU Health will also strengthen its affiliation with North Caddo Medical Center in Vivian, according to a news release.

“One area of focus for the affiliations is excellent coordination and communication when transferring patients from a rural health care setting to Ochsner LSU Health for specialized and immediate care needs. Following the initial affiliation with North Caddo Medical Center in 2019, the new Ochsner LSU Health patient flow center increased patients transferring from North Caddo Medical Center by more than 50%. The patient flow center will also be aligning with DeSoto Regional Health System.

— Ochsner LSU Health

At North Caddo Medical, the strengthened affiliation includes after-hours pharmacy coverage. The hospital is also home to a rural family practice residency program that helps prepare physicians for a rural setting.

In DeSoto Parish, Ochsner LSU Health has begun providing rotating physicians to provide specialty care. The health system hopes to increase those specialists and supplement primary care.

“At Ochsner LSU, we’re deeply committed to making our communities healthier. We want to ensure that everyone in our region has quick, efficient access to health care,” said Chuck Daigle, CEO of Ochsner LSU Health. “And there’s no way we can do that alone. It takes deep, committed partners to do that throughout all of North Louisiana.”

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