The Edmond Sun

January 2, 2013

Integris Health buys Lakeside Women's Hospital

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Integris Health is now the majority owner of Lakeside Women’s Hospital.

The transaction with the newest member of the Integris Health network became official Tuesday. The physicians practice will remain independent, said Brooke Cayot, hospital spokesperson.

“The more choices we have for health care for the people of Edmond the better. This just adds another element to that. I think that’s all a good thing,” said Janet Yowell, executive director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority.

The two Oklahoma-owned and operated health care entities are making a unified commitment to the women of Oklahoma, said Dr. Deborah Huff, founding partner of Lakeside Women’s Hospital, says the move benefits both organizations.

“We believe the partnership will complete our sphere of care by providing our patients with benefits and services not previously offered at Lakeside,” Huff said. “These include direct access to high quality cardiology, oncology and orthopedic specialists, as well as a wide variety of educational programs. The additional specialties offered by Integris will help us ensure good health for women during every stage of their life.”

President and chief executive officer of Integris Health, Bruce Lawrence, says the alignment solidifies Integris Health as the industry leader in women’s health services in the Oklahoma City area.

“Our interest in Lakeside Women’s Hospital is one that includes a great amount of respect for the way their physicians and staff have cared for women through the years,” Lawrence said. “Our intent as the new partner is to continue the same exemplary care both organizations are known for, with very little change to Lakeside’s current model of success.”

Both parties insist that the patients themselves will notice no significant difference in the day-to-day operations. The medical staff will remain unchanged, as will the location. Current insurance plans and previously scheduled appointments, procedures and classes will also remain the same.

The goal is to create a synergy of services, technology and resources provided by Lakeside and Integris Health that will greatly improve the overall health and wellness of the women of Oklahoma, Cayot said.

Kelly Brewer, Lakeside chief executive officer, said Lakeside has felt good about its 15-year partnership with Integris Health regarding high-risk pregnancies.

Integris specialty contracts such as cardiology and neuroscience are based on referrals that will be going to Integris Baptist Medical Center unless there are Integris physicians at other facilities, Cayot said.

“We’ve always had a relationship with the Lakeside NICU,” Cayot said. “A lot of their babies came to us anyway so this is above and beyond that.”

Lakeside wants to engage in a flourishing relationship with Integris Edmond as well, Brewer said.

“We’ve talked about taking the best practices of Integris and the best practices of Lakeside to form something that is better than we can do separately,” Brewer said. “We do have a lot of patients from Edmond who historically come here.”

The name will remain Lakeside Women’s Hospital. | 341-2121