In order to provide patients with more efficient health care services, Beauregard Health System teamed up with the Lake Charles Memorial Health System.

The aim of the recent affiliation between Beauregard Health and Lake Charles Memorial is to have a more cost-effective health care service that improves patient outcomes and services.

This new relationship is not a merger – it does not change ownership for either organization. Each will keep separate boards of trustees.

Beauregard Health Systems Chief Executive Officer William F. “Bud” Barrow, II views the partnership as a step toward the future. “As health reform evolves, health systems and providers are developing more regional strategies and this affiliation between Beauregard Health System and Lake Charles Memorial Health System is a step in the right direction,” Barrow stated in a press release. “This affiliation represents the results of a careful and deliberate process to ensure the best strategic direction forward.”

This decision was community driven, according to Lake Charles Memorial President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Graham.

“This affiliation makes sense on so many levels,” he stated. “Lake Charles Memorial and Beauregard Health System are both not-for-profit, community-owned health systems.

“Every dollar made is reinvested back into our hospitals to bring the best technology, physicians and facilities to the respective communities we serve.

“It makes good business and patient care sense for us to coordinate and share resources, saving money and streamlining some services and operations.”

Both systems expressed a desire to improve local health care. “The success of Beauregard Health System and Lake Charles Memorial Health System lies in the shared mindset that healthcare is best delivered on a local level,” the press release reads. “While both have clear strengths in their markets, the affiliation is a good fit and will enhance the serviced, programs and access to care.”