LifePoint Health Names Scott Smith Louisiana Market CEO

April 3, 2017

LifePoint Health announced today that Scott Smith of Mercy Regional Medical Center and Acadian Medical Center has been named LifePoint Health's Louisiana Market CEO.  Teche Regional Medical Center will soon begin collaborating in new and meaningful ways with LifePoint’s other Louisiana hospitals.

Teche Regional Medical Center will come together with Mercy Regional Medical Center, Acadian Medical Center and Minden Medical Center in Minden  to form the Louisiana Market. This will enable us to better align and more effectively implement our strategic plans, strengthen our delivery of care close to home and ensure operational excellence across the board.

"Working with our other Louisiana hospitals makes great sense for us. As you know, the current national healthcare landscape is facing challenges like never before. And, as part of the Louisiana healthcare system, our hospitals share a common and complex regulatory environment – one that is almost certain to face significant change in the coming months. By proactively coming together as a market, we can build a strong, collaborative network that will enable us to keep quality care close to home and ensure the long-term stability of all of our facilities," said Scott Smith, Lousisiana Market CEO. 

From an operational perspective, we do not anticipate any immediate changes, though we are always evaluating ways to enhance processes and services across all of our facilities so that we are able to deliver the best possible care. We do expect that aligning as a market will offer benefits to our employees and medical staff. With new resources to grow and expand the services we offer, there will be new opportunities for growth and professional development.

While our patients will benefit from this collaboration through enhanced quality care and increased access to services, it will be largely unnoticeable to the general public because our name, our providers, our staff, our facilities, and our contact information will not change.

To help guide the formation of this market and ensure its success, Scott Smith will serve as market CEO, in addition to his current position as CEO of Mercy and Acadian. Scott’s strong leadership skills, extensive experience and deep understanding of the challenges specific to Louisiana will certainly be beneficial for all of our facilities. Teche Regional and Minden will retain our local CEOs, both of whom will work closely with Scott to ensure the ongoing success of their hospitals as well as the success of the Louisiana Market.

This is an exciting time for our hospitals. Our facilities have great potential, and we are excited to explore new ways that we can work together to strengthen the delivery of care for those we are privileged to serve.

About Teche Regional Medical Center

Teche Regional Medical Center, located in Morgan City, Louisiana is a 167-bed hospital staffed and ready to serve St. Mary Parish and beyond by providing inpatient and outpatient services 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Our dedicated, professional staff members along with our highly skilled physicians deliver quality health care close to home. Our patient experience is our top priority and we continuously strive to be the hospital of choice for our community. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Teche Regional provides a broad range of healthcare services important to the health of our patients. More information about the hospital can be found at www.techeregional.com.

About LifePoint Health

LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT) is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®.  Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient, and post-acute services close to home.  LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers, and post-acute facilities in 22 states.  It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves.  More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net.  All references to "LifePoint," "LifePoint Health", or the "Company" used in this release refer to affiliates or subsidiaries of LifePoint Health, Inc.