History & Mission
Established in 1926, the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) is a
not-for-profit association representing all types of hospitals and
healthcare systems throughout the state. The LHA carries out its
mission by providing services and resources to members through advocacy,
education, research, representation and communication.
Operational and financial products and services are offered to the LHA
membership through ShareCor, an equally-owned shared services company of
the LHA and the Metropolitan Hospital Council of New Orleans (MHCNO)
that provides opportunities for its members through cost effective and
innovative programs and services, and contracts for services with
vendors to improve the financial viability of Louisiana hospitals, while
supporting the missions of the LHA and MHCNO.
The mission of the Louisiana Hospital Association is to support its members through advocacy, education and services.
LHA will be recognized as the leader in fostering collaborative
efforts that result in effective health policy and a vibrant provider
system for Louisiana.
The Meaning Behind the Logo
The outer circle in the emblem of the Louisiana Hospital Association
is symbolic of The Universe, The Life-giving Sun, or The Creator of All
Life. In the upper inner circle appears the Pelican, an integral part of the official Seal of the State of Louisiana. The lower left inner circle contains Jupiter's sign of the Eye of Horus
from which our present day Rx is derived and is interpreted "Take
Thou...," a kind of invocation. The cross in the lower right inner circle is stylization of the Maltese
Cross of the Christian Crusades and the Geneva, or Greek Cross,
international emblem for the relief of the sick and wounded. The three circles intertwined symbolize the mutual dependence of Divinely Inspired Human Relations, Medicine and State. The lettering style is of Greek and Roman character, symbolizing the
contributions of this culture to the development of mass patient
treatment facilities, commonly known as Aesculapian Temples.