LAFAYETTE – Lafayette General Health and Ochsner Health System recently hosted a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the opening of a new pediatric subspecialty clinic, a joint venture between Lafayette General Medical Center and Ochsner Hospital for Children.
Lafayette General Health (LGH) and Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) formed a strategic partnership in 2015. Working together, LGH and Ochsner continue to look for opportunities to expand access to high-quality care for people in Acadiana. Ochsner Hospital for Children is the first and only Children’s Hospital in Louisiana or Mississippi to be ranked by U.S. News and World Report. The addition of pediatric subspecialty services in Lafayette, delivered by a renowned team of physicians, further strengthens the partnership.
“This type of collaborative effort is what we envisioned from our relationship with Ochsner,” said LGH President David L. Callecod, FACHE. “Access to specialists is paramount, and we are thankful Ochsner is helping us provide local options. Asking patients, especially children, to travel for care is not ideal.”
The new clinic currently offers pediatric specialties including cardiology and plastic surgery with plans to add gastroenterology and neurology early next year.
The pediatric cardiology division of Ochsner Hospital for Children provides medical and surgical care for infants, children, teens and young adults born with complex heart problems, as well as those who develop cardiac-related illness in childhood.
Patients and their parents will be able to self-refer to the clinic, and local pediatricians will have the benefit of referring their patients to a pediatric program that is nationally recognized in subspecialty care.
Ochsner Hospital for Children is ranked among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the country for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery specialties in the new 2017-18 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Ochsner Hospital for Children is the only hospital in Louisiana and Mississippi to be recognized and offers one of the largest pediatric cardiology programs in the Gulf South.
“Meeting the growing demand for some pediatric services is a challenge, forcing families to travel long distances for the care their children required,” said Dr. William Lennarz, System Chair of Pediatrics and the Associate Medical Director (AMD) of Pediatrics at Ochsner Hospital for Children. “Partnering with Lafayette General allows us to offer families exceptional and convenient care close to home.”
The new Ochsner Health Center for Children– Lafayette is located, at 1460 S College, Lafayette, LA 70503. To book an appointment, call (337) 443-6100.
About Lafayette General Health
Lafayette General Health (LGH) is a non-profit, community-owned regional healthcare system committed to always delivering excellence. LGH serves the south-central region of Louisiana by aligning with facilities across a 10-parish area known as Acadiana. LGH’s flagship hospital, Lafayette General Medical Center, in operation since 1911, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that does not pay out any revenue to shareholders as for-profits do. LGH also owns or manages Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, Lafayette General Southwest, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, and has several affiliations with facilities across the region. Both Lafayette General Medical Center and University Hospital & Clinics are major teaching hospitals, providing graduate medical education across many disciplines. LGH owns LGMD, a non-profit corporation that operates and manages several physician clinics including Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, as well as many specialists and surgeons. In 2016, LGH offered community benefits in excess of $345 million. LGH property and assets total over $500 million, employing approximately 4,500 staff. For more information about LGH and its affiliates, visit LafayetteGeneral.com.
About Ochsner Health System
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 29 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.