Ochsner Health Center For Children Celebrates One Year in West Monroe

Additional staff and services added to meet demand

NEW ORLEANS – Last April, Ochsner Health System expanded into Northeast Louisiana with the addition of the Ochsner Health Center for Children – West Monroe. On Wednesday, April 6, the center celebrated the past year and continues to work towards further growth and expanded services.

Residents of Quachita Parish and surrounding areas are taking advantage of the latest technology and new services offered at the center, including nephrology services, pulmonary services and pediatric gastroenterology services.

In addition to Terry King, M.D., the center has grown to include seven visiting physicians from other Ochsner locations from around the state, to provide the best care available to the children of Northeast Louisiana and their families.

Dr. King, a trusted pediatric cardiologist in the Monroe area for decades, said before joining Ochsner, meeting the growing demand for some pediatric services had become a challenge, forcing families to travel long distances for the care their loved ones required.

“It’s about improving the overall health of our community,” said Dr. King. “It’s been extremely rewarding to offer convenient care so patients can take care of their health care needs close to home.”

The center has also added Adult Congenital Heart Disease services as an extension of care once pediatrics patients who suffer from congenital heart defects reach adulthood.

Visiting physicians include:

  • Scott Macicek, M.D. Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology
  • Victor “Sam” Lucas, M.D. Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology
  • Jessica Mouledoux, M.D. Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology
  • Radhakrishna Baliga, M.D. Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology
  • Derek Pepiak, M.D. Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Brian Morris, M.D. Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Thomas Young, M.D. Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease

To schedule an appointment, call (866) 624-7637 or visit www.ochsner.org/services/pediatric-cardiology


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 28 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 60 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across six specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 1,000 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.

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