St. Francis Medical Center to Consolidate North Campus Services
Decision Comes after Thorough Analysis of Multiple Scenarios; Inadequate and Inequitable Reimbursement from State Cited as Primary Driver
MONROE, LA - St. Francis Medical Center today announced the organization will consolidate services from St. Francis Medical Center-North, which is located on Highway 165 North, to other locations, including St. Francis’ main campus in downtown Monroe. The transition will begin on October 1 and be completed by Nov. 1. The North campus, which has served largely as an outpatient facility, will be closed.
“After a complete review of multiple scenarios and different strategies and prayerful discernment by our leadership and board, we have decided to consolidate the operations at our North campus to our downtown and Community Health Center locations,” said Kristin Wolkart, St. Francis Medical Center President and CEO. “We simply can’t afford to provide primary access from two acute care locations while we receive some of the lowest Medicaid and uncompensated care reimbursement in the state. We are in the unfortunate position of reducing an important access point for the community or putting our entire health ministry in peril, which we simply can’t do. Consolidating our services fortifies our health ministry and is the best decision for our community and patients.”
The major components of the consolidation are:
- Emergency services will no longer be provided at our North campus effective Saturday, October 1, 2016, as St. Francis consolidates to one centralized emergency room at the downtown campus of St. Francis Medical Center on Jackson Street, which will remain open 24/7.
- St. Francis Sleep Lab Center will be moving to 410 Wood Street near our downtown campus effective Saturday, October 1, 2016.
- Tobacco Cessation Services will be moving to a location near our downtown campus by the end of October 2016.
- Kitty DeGree Breast Health Center will be moving to a newly renovated space at the Community Health Center, located on Tower Drive in mid-town Monroe, effective Monday, October 17, 2016.
- Lab and radiology services will no longer be provided at our North campus effective Monday, October 31, 2016. The Community Health Center on Tower Drive in Monroe offers these services and can accommodate additional patients.
To ease the transition, St. Francis will expand hours of operation at several of our primary care and urgent care clinics for patients who need urgent, yet non-emergent care. Team members, many of whom already work across our campuses, will be relocated to other locations.
As with other healthcare providers, St. Francis is treating a high number of people with Medicaid. St. Francis supports Medicaid expansion, yet is impacted disproportionately because of the inadequate and inequitable payments St. Francis receives from the state. Strong financial health is important because it helps St. Francis maintain its ministry of work.
“Caring for patients with Medicaid is near and dear to our mission and our call to serve those most in need, yet the payments we receive are well below both the cost of care and the payments that the vast majority of other hospitals receive. St. Francis gets less than $800 for Medicaid per day. In comparison, University Health Conway and for-profit Glenwood Regional Medical Center, each get substantially more than that in payments from the state,” said Wolkart. “We’ve tried to improve reimbursement several times with both the prior and current administrations. The state has worked with other hospitals to address this gap, and we’re disappointed they haven’t done the same to preserve care for people with Medicaid in Northeast Louisiana.”
About Our Lady of the Lake
Our Lady of the Lake is a not-for-profit healthcare ministry based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with more than 7,500 employees committed to serving the Capital Region and building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With an 800-bed Regional Medical Center, a dedicated Children’s Hospital, a 78-bed hospital in Gonzales, Louisiana, two freestanding emergency rooms, and a 500+ provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally-invasive procedures and more. Our Lady of the Lake is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.
About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is Louisiana’s fastest growing children’s hospital treating more than 100,000 patients annually from across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The hospital is the only healthcare provider in the Baton Rouge area that provides a full range of pediatric services ranging from a 24/7 pediatric emergency room to a team of more than 100 pediatricians and pediatric specialists. For more information, visit www.ololchildrens.org.
The new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is currently under construction and is set to open in 2019. To learn more about the project, visit www.letsbuildamazing.com.
About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health
Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health is a collaborative, coordinated and child-focused statewide health network that provides patients with more access to physicians and providers specifically trained to care for children. The network includes hospital-based services at the main campus of Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital in Baton Rouge, as well as St. Francis Pediatrics in Monroe and Our Lady of Lourdes Women's and Children's in Lafayette. It also connects pediatricians, pediatric specialists and other health providers across our state with clinics in the Baton Rouge region, Hammond, Lafayette and Monroe. This model of coordinated pediatric healthcare extends the vital work happening at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital into more communities across Louisiana so families have greater access to expertise close to home.
About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one of the largest healthcare systems based in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state’s population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the ministry serves patients in Louisiana and Mississippi through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians, elderly housing and integrated systems. The health system’s unified physician organization is comprised of 900 adult and pediatric primary care physicians and specialists. The system’s nine hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and Gonzales, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Heart Hospital, and Women's & Children's in Lafayette, Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa, and St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. For more information, visit www.fmolhs.org.
About Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group
With more than 600 healthcare providers throughout more than 100 locations, Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of doctors specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems.
About St. Elizabeth Physicians
St. Elizabeth Physicians is the largest provider of primary and specialty care in Ascension Parish, employing over 50 primary care physicians, specialists and providers. St. Elizabeth Physicians has been recognized for quality by the Louisiana Quality Foundation, and as the Large Business of the Year twice by the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit the St. Elizabeth Hospital website.
About St. Francis Medical Center
St. Francis Medical Center is a not-for-profit 317-bed medical center in Monroe, Louisiana with more than 1,800 team members committed to caring for those we serve. With an acute-care hospital, freestanding outpatient center, 19 outpatient clinics and nearly 350 physician partners, St. Francis Medical Center provides comprehensive healthcare services for a variety of medical and surgical specialties. St. Francis offers Northeast Louisiana’s only Level III NICU, Level III OB, and Level II PICU services. St. Francis Medical Center leads the region in heart and vascular services, critical care, and complex and minimally invasive surgical procedures. The hospital offers a designated Level III Trauma Program, Accredited Chest Pain Center and Centers of Excellence in the areas of obstetrics, bariatric surgery, robotic surgery, minimally invasive gynecology, and breast health.
About St. Francis Medical Group
With over 50 healthcare providers at 16 clinic locations, St. Francis Medical Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks and is backed by the resources of St. Francis Medical Center. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of providers specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems. For more information visit the St. Francis Medical Center website.
About St. Dominic's Health Services
St. Dominic Health Services is sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady and is a part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. St. Dominic’s is more than just a hospital, it is a family of services focused on fulfilling a mission of Christian healing to those in need. St. Dominic Health Services, Inc. is the parent company for a large group of subsidiary organizations and programs dedicated to the same mission. These include St. Dominic Hospital, the Community Health Services Clinic, St. Dominic Medical Associates (physician network), New Directions for Over 55, MEA Clinics, The Club at St. Dominic’s, the School Nurse Program, St. Dominic’s Foundation, St. Catherine’s Village and Care-A-Van. For more information visit the St. Dominic's website.
About Our Lady of the Angels Hospital
Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, in Bogalusa, Louisiana, has a team of more than 500 employees committed to building a healthier community through excellence in patient care and community education. With a full-service acute care hospital, more than a dozen primary and specialty clinics, extended primary care and pediatric hours and a team of more than 300 credentialed providers, Our Lady of the Angels provides comprehensive healthcare services for the people of Washington Parish and the surrounding areas. Our Lady of the Angels is a teaching site for graduate medical education, in partnership with LSU Health – operating the only rurally located rural family medicine residency program in Louisiana and one of only 55 in the nation. Our Lady of the Angels is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and is driven by its mission to serve all of God’s people, especially those most in need. For more information visit the Our Lady of the Angels Hospital website.
About Our Lady of Lourdes Physician Group
Lourdes Physician Group includes over 100 providers in more than 20 specialties, including cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, cardiology, family medicine, pediatrics and surgery. Additionally, our Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital, a partner of the statewide Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health network, is connected to more than 180 pediatric specialists serving our region’s specialized pediatric care needs, such as emergency medicine, endocrinology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, head and neck and general surgery. With locations throughout Acadiana, world-class primary and specialty care is available within minutes. Virtual visits, same-day appointments and online scheduling make receiving the care you need more convenient. Call (337) 470-GoMD (4663) or visit LourdesRMC.com to schedule an appointment and discover more.