Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, said it has signed a letter of intent to assume full ownership of Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge, the 121-bed hospital in which Ochsner has had a 50% stake since February 2005. Formerly known as Summit Hospital, the facility was renamed Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge in 2006.
The deal with Ardent Health Servicesthe Nashville-based health operator that has owned the other half of the not-for-profit hospitalis expected to be completed in January 2008. All Ardent staff members will become Ochsner employees after the transition, and Ochsner said in a news release that it will integrate its electronic medical-records system at the campus to connect patients with the not-for-profit systems other facilities.
Ochsner has seven hospitals and 32 health centers throughout southeast Louisiana, while Ardent owns health systems in Albuquerque; Baton Rouge; and Tulsa, Okla. -- by Jessica Zigmond
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