NEW ORLEANS – On November 15, 2017, the St. Bernard Parish Hospital Service District Board, Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) and state and parish officials gathered to celebrate the strategic partnership between St. Bernard Parish Hospital (SBPH) and Ochsner that was fully implemented on November 5.
“We celebrate this strategic partnership between St. Bernard Parish Hospital – a critical resource to the citizens of St. Bernard Parish, and Ochsner Health System – a regional referral center and the Gulf South region’s leading healthcare system,” said Ochsner Health System CEO, Warner Thomas. “This represents an opportunity for two strong organizations to work together to keep high-quality healthcare local while ensuring that patients here also have coordinated access to the full depth and breadth of care for which Ochsner is nationally recognized.”
At the end of this month, Ochsner will open a health center in the St. Bernard Medical Office Building, offering women’s services and multi-specialty clinics, including some services that have been unavailable in St. Bernard since Hurricane Katrina. Cardiology, general surgery and pain management services will also be expanded in the parish as Ochsner specialists begin seeing patients on the hospital’s campus.
The two organizations have already begun to work closely to bring new programs and services to improve healthcare in St. Bernard, including the installation and implementation of Epic, best-in-class healthcare information software. Ochsner also recently launched TeleStroke, TelePsych, and eICU programs, allowing Ochsner and St. Bernard care teams to collaborate and provide high quality neurovascular, psychiatric, and critical care coverage to the St. Bernard community without delay.
“We are proud to celebrate the strategic partnership between the St. Bernard Parish Hospital Service District Board and Ochsner Health System,” expressed St. Bernard Parish Hospital CEO, Kim Keene. “This long-term management agreement ensures that St. Bernard Parish Hospital will be able to serve the residents of this area for years to come.”
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