Once again, our community is facing a resurgence of COVID19. For 10 months, our community has been fighting this pandemic, and we are all ready for life to get back to normal. The good news is that safe and effective vaccines will soon be available. But not before we face a third wave of COVID19. Models show this third wave will be close to the size and impact of the COVID19 wave we experienced in July. The restrictions that accompanied the second wave affected us all. Nevertheless, our community worked together, followed the necessary restrictions and saw COVID19 numbers fall.
By working together as a community, we can still suppress the third wave of COVID19 here in Central Louisiana and reduce its impact. Limiting the size of gatherings, maintaining social distancing, handwashing and wearing masks in public are all effective strategies in limiting the spread of COVID19. None of us wants to be separated from our loved ones during the holiday season. Setting aside the gathering of friends and family is a sacrifice. However, it is a sacrifice communities all over the country and world are being asked to make. If we can tolerate these inconveniences for a few more months, we can limit the spread of COVID19 long enough for vaccines to be approved, distributed and administered.
As representatives of the Central Louisiana medical community, and as your friends and neighbors, we ask you to join us in the fight against COVID19. Together, we can accomplish extraordinary things. We can suppress this third COVID19 wave and look forward to gathering with our family and friends in the future.
As the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Central Louisiana continue to increase, we remain deeply concerned for the health of our community. As you know, all of us in the healthcare community are working together through Region 6 and the Office of Public Health to respond to this pandemic. Our teams are rising to the challenge with incredible compassion and professionalism during these long months of ever-evolving information, staying flexible to ensure the best possible coordination and care for our patients.
That's why we need your help. We implore you, please wear a facemask in public, maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others, and practice frequent hand hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to your immediate circle of family and friends.
Our communities have proven time and time again that we are resilient and we come to the aid of our neighbors during times of need. Through hurricanes, floods, and other difficult times, you've proven that the citizens of Central Louisiana are like no other. We've been there for one another before, and we are asking you to do it again. We must once again flatten the curve as we did before. We strongly believe the people of this community can help make this happen. But to successfully do that, we need everyone to take all needed steps to limit their risk of exposure and help protect those around them. Masks, physical distancing and hand washing - these things work and can help get the virus back under control in our community.
We stand together as healthcare leaders to serve you and your family today, and always. Stay safe.
RUSTON, La. (July 1, 2020) - - Privately held Allegiance Health Management announced today for CLHG-Ruston, the acquisition of 130-bed Northern Louisiana Medical Center and its associated services from subsidiaries of Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS).
Northern Louisiana Medical Center is a 130-bed acute care hospital providing an array of medical services including: women's center, intensive care, cardiology, vascular surgery, cardiac rehab and The Circle, senior citizens program. Affiliated facilities include Northern Louisiana Medical Center - Ruston Surgical Center. Ruston Surgical offers outpatient surgery, pain management and sleep studies. NLMC has served the community of Ruston and the surrounding area since 1963.
Allegiance Health Management, a Louisiana based healthcare company with corporate headquarters in Shreveport, currently provides administrative and management support services for 17 hospitals in four states with 11 acute care hospitals in Louisiana. AHM brings extensive years of healthcare operational experience to rural communities, works with a number of hospitals and providers across Louisiana and has a strong tradition of serving rural communities with high quality services close to home.
Don Cameron, AHM Chief Operating Officer, stated, "Our hope is to exceed the expectations of the Ruston community. We are dedicated to building strong relationships with community physicians and collaborating to provide excellent patient care and customer service. We believe our physicians are the
cornerstone of hospital success."
Rock Bordelon, CEO of Allegiance Health Management, stated, "My passion and life's work has been devoted to providing quality healthcare services to rural communities and we take personal pride in serving these communities. We look forward to becoming a valued healthcare partner with the Ruston community and welcoming Northern Louisiana Medical Center, their exceptional medical staff and team to our hospital family."
There are currently discussions regarding a hospital replacement facility and medical office building(s). The transaction was completed June 30, 2020. Financial terms have not been disclosed.
About Allegiance Health Management
The mission of Allegiance Health Management has always been to provide leadership support to our rural and community healthcare facilities, enabling them to prosper and succeed with their mission of providing diversified healthcare to their communities. Recognized by the USDA for Business of the Year 2016, the company continues to show that its commitment to rural communities is unquestionable. Learn more about Allegiance Health Management at http://ahmgt.com/
Louisiana-based health system purchases LifePoint Health’s facilities in Ville Platte, Eunice and Minden
SHREVEPORT, La. (July 31, 2018) — Allegiance Health Management (AHM) has finalized the purchase of three hospitals in Louisiana from subsidiaries of Tennessee-based LifePoint Health:
“Over the past months, we have been incredibly impressed by these hospital teams and their commitment to enhancing quality patient care and safety. Louisiana is our home, and we look forward to working with these hospitals to improve healthcare delivery across this region,”
said Rock Bordelon, chief executive officer (CEO) of AHM. “We are delighted to add these hospitals to the AHM health system and further demonstrate our commitment to this region.”