"We believe this is the right thing to do. We have met with executive committees and have gotten their assurance that they will invest, and continue to invest, in Ascension," Burgess said.

Six Irish sisters from 100 years ago came to this country and had a sacred mission to serve people who were in need.

In Louisiana today, there are about 13,000 people who have held true to the mission of these women. The group came to Ascension in 2000 and revamped a hospital that was being eaten by termites, had a leaky roof, and grass overtaking an operating room. Today, that hospital is Our Lady of the Lake. It is one of the best community hospitals in the entire country and is supported by a group of physicians.

Robert Burgess, CEO and President of St. Elizabeth, said, "In terms of growth for Ascension, we quickly realized that we can't generate enough capital resources to keep up with the growth of the parish while continuing to provide outstanding healthcare."

As a health system, Our Lady of the Lake has decided they need St. Elizabeth, their sister hospital. Effective in January of 2019, St. Elizabeth will join Our Lady of the Lake and become Our Lady of the Lake St. Elizabeth Hospital.

"We believe this is the right thing to do. We have met with executive committees and have gotten their assurance that they will invest, and continue to invest, in Ascension," Burgess said.

Because of the merge between the two hospitals, it will provide better capital and better resources for the residents.

Councilman Dempsey Lambert said, "We can't thank you enough for your hard work and efforts. I don't know how to thank St. Elizabeth's and the administration for how much they have put into the facility for expansion."

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