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Integris Health buys majority of Lakeside Women's Hospital in Oklahoma City

On Monday, Integris Health and Lakeside Women's Hospital finished a deal that gives Integris 75 percent ownership of the women's hospital in Oklahoma City. Leaders say patients won't notice any changes related to the partnership.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: January 2, 2013

/articleid/3742381/1/pictures/1919554">Photo - Dr. Debbie HuffFounding partner at  Lakeside Women’s  Hospital
Dr. Debbie HuffFounding partner at Lakeside Women’s Hospital

Huff, Dr. Laura Mackie and Dr. Susan Chambers are the three founding partners of Lakeside. They practiced together at Integris in the late 1980s, and over time, saw a need for a women's specialty hospital in Oklahoma City, Huff said.

“It wasn't that we didn't like Integris and they weren't providing good services,” Huff said. “They were, but their focus was on intensive care and cardiology and those specialties, and we were kind of waiting in line for them to push some funds into women's health.”

After about 10 years at Integris, the three doctors founded Lakeside in 1997. The hospital had about six doctors and 14 beds. Since that time, the hospital has expanded twice, gained more doctors and added more beds.

Huff said her decision on whether to merge with Integris has evolved over time. None of Lakeside's doctors are near retirement, and as they looked at the future of health care, they decided to begin the search for a partner, she said.

“We were approached by every hospital in the city over the course of probably five to seven years,” Huff said. “Different CEOs have called and said, ‘Could we meet? We'd be interested in a collaborative relationship,' and Integris was the one that was absolutely the best fit for us.”

Low-key changes

Huff said patients should not expect any major changes at Lakeside. For example, Lakeside and Integris have the same policies on birth control, which will remain available at the hospital.

Lawrence said besides name badges and possible signage at Lakeside, patients won't likely notice any of the changes that Integris makes over the next few months. Most changes will relate to the administrative tasks and how the company runs its back office, he said.

“In our other locations across our system, we can learn from the policies, the procedures, the performance at Lakeside and incorporate similar types of approaches at our other hospitals where we're delivering babies,” Lawrence said.

“That's the great thing about the partnership. If you form a partnership with a strong partner that's got a proven track record, each of you can learn from the other, and we fully intend to be able to do that.”

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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