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First Children’s Hospital comes to the Northshore

Collaboration provides most comprehensive health system for children along I-12 Corridor

First Children’s Hospital comes to the Northshore

Ochsner Hospital for Children pediatric intensive care physicians coupled with the St. Tammany Parish Hospital inpatient pediatric unit and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) are part of the partners’ comprehensive array of pediatrics on the Northshore. In recognition of the excellence the partnership brings to the service district, St. Tammany Parish Hospital announces the naming of its pediatric section, Ochsner Hospital for Children at St. Tammany Parish Hospital.

“For us, this name helps parents know they have the top ranked children’s hospital staffing pediatrics inside their world-class community hospital,” Joan Coffman, STPH President and CEO, said. “Five years into our partnership, we are excited to see this level of specialty care, closer to home than ever. It’s only strengthened by Ochsner’s recent recognition by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks Ochsner Hospital for Children among the top 50 children’s hospitals for pediatric gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery and pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. It is Louisiana's only ranked children's hospital.

“For families, every moment matters, and Ochsner Hospital for Children is proud to join St. Tammany Parish Hospital in expanding pediatric care on the Northshore,” said Mary Lou Seymour, MD, regional medical director for Ochsner Northshore Region. “Children and parents in west St. Tammany Parish deserve world-class pediatric care. Through this partnership, together we are delivering award-winning care and bringing pediatric subspecialties close to home.”

Together, the partners provide the most comprehensive healthcare for children along the I-12 corridor. In addition to these pediatric inpatient resources, outpatient services range from primary pediatrics in Covington, Madisonville and Mandeville, the Parenting Center and pediatric certified rehabilitation, to pediatric orthopedics and a multispecialty clinic of pediatric subspecialists from Ochsner Hospital for Children providing a full schedule of appointments in pediatric cardiology, endocrinology, otolaryngology, nutrition, general surgery, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, plastic surgery (including hand), orthopedics, pulmonology, urology and other specialties.

The partners intend to use a cobrand similar to that used throughout their partnership, coupling the STPH logo with Ochsner Hospital for Children to clearly indicate the world-class pediatric excellence available close to home.


Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, and more than 100 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs nearly 25,000 employees and over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is recognized for quality, safety and the patient experience by CareChex, Leapfrog, Healthgrades, Hospital Compare, Women’s Choice and US News & World Report. St. Tammany Parish Hospital is an independent service district in a clinically integrated partnership with Ochsner Health System. Together, the two organizations focus on aligning their healthcare offerings to best serve patients and families in west St. Tammany and surrounding areas. Under their agreement, the two organizations retain their autonomy; neither partner manages nor owns the other. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no tax funding. Learn more at