LCMC partnership aims to create “destination for healthcare”

Martha Sanchez, News Editor

Tulane Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital for Tulane University’s School of Medicine, will shift many of its services to other local hospitals over the next two years to allow for new graduate programs.

Tulane University announced a partnership with Louisiana Children’s Medical Center Health on Monday that aims to solidify the school’s medical education and improve healthcare access throughout Orleans and Jefferson parishes. 

The partnership “will expand opportunities to train the next generation of physicians, nurses, and scientists and accelerate the journey to make Louisiana a destination for healthcare,” the email announcement said. 

Under the agreement, most services currently offered at Tulane Medical Center will shift to University Medical Center New Orleans and East Jefferson General Hospital over the next two years. Those shifts will allow Tulane Medical Center to offer a new nursing program and graduate programs in public health, social work, professional advancement and medicine. 

Additionally, LCMC Health will obtain Tulane Medical Center, Lakeview Regional Medical Center and Tulane Lakeside Hospital from HCA Healthcare. All employees at those locations will retain their current jobs, according to a Tulane press release

LCMC will also invest $220 million in East Jefferson General Hospital, Lakeview Regional Medical Center and Tulane Lakeside Hospital. 

Tulane estimated the changes will bring 2,300 new jobs to New Orleans and greater Louisiana. 

The partnership is currently under review by the Louisiana Department of Justice, and a public comment period is open for the next 90 days. The university said it foresees the agreement being finalized late this year or early next.

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