Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport moves Obstetric and Pediatric Patients to its St. Mary Medical Center
The move makes space for more than 100 ICU Beds being added at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – Academic Medical Center
SHREVEPORT, La. – Last month Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport announced plans to move its Women’s & Children’s inpatient services, currently located on Kings Highway, to its St. Mary Medical Center at 915 Margaret Place, in order to create space for its ICU expansion of more than 100 additional beds.
The new Women’s & Children’s location will be complete tomorrow when Ochsner LSU Health moves approximately 45 patients to its new hospital. Working with Balentine Ambulance, the Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana State Troopers and the Shreveport Fire Department, the move will take place early Monday morning through the afternoon.
The ICU expansion project follows guidance of state public officials to improve surge capacity for COVID-19 patients. By modifying its St. Mary Medical Center to accommodate inpatient pediatric, labor and delivery, Neonatal ICU and Pediatric ICU patients, space was created to expand the adult intensive care capacity at its hospital on Kings Highway, where the health system has a comprehensive team of intensive care and critical care specialists. It is also a critical step in re-opening Northwest Louisiana, as the White House Guidelines for Re-opening the Economy specify the “ability to surge ICU capacity.”
On Oct. 1, 2018, Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) and LSU Health Shreveport jointly formed Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport to oversee and coordinate activities between the health sciences center and the healthcare delivery system in Shreveport and Monroe, La. Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is a public private partnership with a vision to improve health and well-being of its communities, access to care, quality, and facilities, expand patient-centered technology, grow the medical school, and enhance research in North Louisiana by building on the strengths of Ochsner and LSU Health Shreveport. Under the new structure, Ochsner brings their nationally-recognized expertise to the management of operations for partner hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, clinics and the clinical activity of the LSUHSC-S Faculty Group Practice. LSU will continue to successfully oversee the LSUHSC-S School of Medicine, School of Allied Health Professions, School of Graduate Studies, Graduate Medical Education, and research initiatives.
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport includes North Louisiana’s only Level 1 Trauma Center at its 452-bed hospital in Shreveport, La. The organization also operates a 244-bed hospital in Monroe, La. With more than 3,400 employees and the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Physician Group of approximately 500 physicians, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport serves more than 135,000 patients with more than 600,000 visits annually.
To find out more about Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, please visit www.ochsnerlsuhs.org.