LSU System Institutions
LSU Office of Health Affairs and Medical Education
The LSU Office of Health Affairs and Medical Education provides guidance and leadership for all LSU operated hospitals and clinics as well as for the delivery of medical education at Health Sciences Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport. The office interacts with the management and staff at each of the LSU Health institutions as well as public and private stakeholders and health care partners at the local, state and federal level.
As an enterprise, LSU Health has a $2.9 billion estimated economic impact that includes 1.6 million annual outpatient encounters, including more than 383,000 emergency room visits, and more than 70,000 annual inpatient admissions.
LSU Health is composed of three distinct institutions: The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, the LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport and the LSU Heal Care Services Division.
LSUHSC-New Orleans includes the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health Professionals, School of Graduate Studies and the School of Public Health. LSUHSC-Shreveport, meanwhile, is made up of the School of Medicine, School of Allied Health Professions, School of Graduate Studies, LSU Hospital-Shreveport, E.A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe, and the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville.
As Dr. Fred Cerise, LSU System Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education, pointed out, LSU’s coordinated system of care, which includes doctors, clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies, along with payment mechanisms that facilitate population-based systems of care, allows LSU to continually improve medical outcomes while minimizing costs. Because LSU comprises a health care delivery system, it can address issues such as service over-utilization, which has been so heavily criticized in state and federal reform discussions. LSU’s cost containment efforts achieve benefits not only at the individual patient level but also at the population level. Coordinated care optimally manages outcomes and costs for large population.
Economic considerations are important. So too is LSU’s health care mission of providing high quality healthcare to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. With a constant eye on efficiency and patients’ best interests, LSU provides the vast majority of care in clinics, delivering primary and preventive medical services as well as disease management programs for those with chronic diseases. In many cases, LSU specialty care clinics are the only options available for the uninsured or underinsured as well as Medicaid recipients.LSU trains more than 70 percent of the health care professionals working in Louisiana.