Lourdes Hospital is adding Ascension to its name.

Ascension health care system is associated with 25-hundred sites of care with 36-thousand providers in 22 states and Washington DC.

Lourdes has been part of Ascension since 1999.

Lourdes President and CEO, Kathy Connerton says the community has already seen benefits of the association, including accessing the expertise of more professionals and launching a lung cancer screening program three years ago.

Patients will continue to see their same doctors but the physicians have access to other experts across the country.

The local health care facilities will now be known as “Ascension Lourdes.”