Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Recognized as Louisiana’s First Pediatric Trauma Program
LERN Recognition Reinforces Highly Specialized Trauma Care Provided at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
SHREVEPORT, La. – The Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) recognized Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport as a Pediatric Level II Trauma Program on July 1, making it the first and only program in Louisiana to receive the Pediatric Trauma Program recognition.
LERN assists EMS providers and hospitals throughout North Louisiana in transporting injured children, and the Pediatric Trauma Program reinforces the highly specialized trauma care provided at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport – Academic Medical Center.
“Nationally, more children die of injury than of all other causes combined. For this reason, the LERN Board focused on establishing Pediatric Trauma Centers in Louisiana. As we reached out to our pediatric providers, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport embraced the need,” shared Paige Hargrove, Executive Director, Louisiana Emergency Response Network.
Another qualification of the program is community education and injury prevention, which Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport conducts through school age safety programs, a certified child passenger safety inspection and installation station, the Sudden Impact program to prevent impaired driving fatalities and injuries and Stop the Bleed.
“The Pediatric Trauma Program signifies the collaborative approach of our team including the entire trauma department, pediatric intensive care unit and injury prevention outreach programs focused on keeping the children in our region safe and providing the very best care when injuries occur. As the only Level 1 Trauma Center in North Louisiana, enhancing our pediatric trauma program aligns with the dedication and expertise found at our Academic Medical Center,” says Chuck Daigle, CEO, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.
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.