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hether you’re dealing with a life-threatening illness or preparing for the joy of a new baby, there’s much to consider when choosing which hospital or health care facility is right for you and your family. Whatever the specific need may be, New Orleanians can count themselves fortunate with so many options available to them in the metro area. From top-flight research hospitals with the most advanced training and equipment, to private facilities that specialize in privacy and personalized attention, a wide range of health care institutions offer their strengths and services. Local and regional hospitals are making remarkable strides, too, bringing some of the top specialists and facilities to the area and turning New Orleans into a health care destination for people around the country, and indeed, the world. Here is a quick guide to some of the top hospitals in the Greater New Orleans area, along with some of their areas of specialty:

The St. Charles Surgical Hospital
    The St. Charles Surgical Hospital is a beautifully developed facility, designed with patients’ complete care and comfort in mind. Not only equipped with the most advanced technology, the center provides sunlit atriums and spacious rooms, as well, with amenities such as spa services and Murphy beds so that family and caregivers can remain close by.
    SCSH also is the first hospital to develop a dedicated and comprehensive lymphedema treatment program, complete with trained specialists, therapists and advanced cutting-edge techniques. Drs. Scott Sullivan and Frank DellaCroce, principal surgeons at SCSH and co-founders of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, have created the program in association with Marga F. Massey M.D., FACS. “This newest program allows us to offer the most comprehensive breast reconstructive procedures available,” says Dr. Sullivan. “It is our vision, as the only hospital dedicated to breast reconstructive surgery in the world, to provide our patients this type of cutting-edge technology within a compassionate, patient-centered environment.”
    Drs. DellaCroce and Sullivan are two of the most experienced reconstructive plastic surgeons in the world, and have performed more than 3,000 breast reconstruction procedures. Women from every corner of the U.S., as well as abroad, come to New Orleans seeking their expertise.
    The Center is located at 1717 St. Charles Ave., and more information can be found by calling (888) 899-2288 or visiting www.breastcenter.com.

Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital
    Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital is designed to deliver high quality, personalized patient experiences. Equipped with 21 private patient rooms and an exceptionally high nurse-to-patient ratio, Fairway strives to redefine the standards of health care. With 150 physicians dedicated to their mission of providing genuine care and comfort, patients and their families can rest assured they will receive unparalleled individualized health care. To better serve the growing Northshore community, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital offers 24-hour inpatient care and a wide variety of medical services, including radiology and diagnostic imaging, sports medicine, women’s care, spine and joint services, sleep diagnostics and bariatrics. Awarded accreditation by DNV Healthcare and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Fairway strives for excellence on a daily basis. The hospital’s infection rate is 0.01 percent, which is far below the national average.
    In 2000, a group of 33 local physicians joined together to found Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital as a surgery center. Just four years later, Fairway expanded to become a licensed hospital as a response to the public’s appreciation and demand for its medical services. As a recent part of their ongoing community outreach initiatives, Fairway Medical Surgical Hospital further expanded to provide the Northshore community with a physical therapy clinic and an urgent care facility.
    For more information call (985) 809-9888 or visit www.fairwaymedical.com.

Ochsner medical center
    Ochsner Medical Center is one of New Orleans’ most trusted and respected medical institutions. A fully accredited medical center and teaching hospital, Ochsner has been awarded the Consumers Choice Award for 13 years in a row, and is recognized nationally and internationally for its many Centers of Excellence. With more than 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties, Ochsner continuously meets the ever-changing needs of individual patients and the entire community through electronically linked hospitals and health centers. For the sixth year in a row, Ochsner has been named one of the nation’s “100 Most Wired Hospitals” for medical technology.
    Among their many advanced technologies pioneering medical breakthroughs, Ochsner Medical Center now offers heart patients a cost-effective and life-saving alternative to traditional surgery. The ZOLL LifeVest is the world’s first wearable defibrillator for the protection of those at risk for sudden cardiac death. With heart disease as Louisiana’s No. 1 killer, all preventive and therapeutic resources make strides toward saving lives every single day, and Ochsner is leading the way in this effort. Using the most advanced technology to create a better quality of life for heart patients, the LifeVest is worn outside the body under normal clothing, rather than implanted in the chest. The noninvasive device weighs less than two pounds and monitors the heart to detect abnormal rhythms. In an emergency, the LifeVest can deliver an electric shock to restart the heart.
    For more information call 866-OCHSNER or visit www.ochsner.org.

Omega Hospital
    Omega Hospital in Metairie is a remarkable health care facility, comprised of more than 50 physicians, representing 19 medical and surgical specialties. The associates are all board certified, in one or more fields, and work as a team to ensure patients a complete, accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for each individual problem.
    Within Omega, and under the direction of Dr. Robert J. Allen, the NOLA Group for the Advancement of Breast Reconstruction has created a single location where patients can access the medical skills of some of the nation’s leading breast reconstructive surgeons. Nine nationally recognized breast reconstructive surgeons have teamed together with a top-flight cancer surgeon to provide a sanctuary for women who desire breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.
    Highly qualified professionals with decades of experience are a devoted resource for men and women seeking the most advanced methods and leading-edge surgical techniques, with a commitment to patients’ comfort during recovery. Hospital facilities include guest suites, outpatient recovery suites, outpatient surgery suites, operating room suites, Omega specialty laboratories and operating room facilities.
    For further information call (800) 535-4177 or visit www.omegahospital.com.

Slidell Memorial Hospital
    Slidell Memorial Hospital, founded in 1959, has brought more “firsts” to the Northshore community than any other health care institution. By performing the first open heart surgery, implanting the first cardiac stents and conducting the first brain surgery on the Northshore, Slidell Memorial has placed itself in a leadership role. SMH provides comprehensive medical care and a full-service hospital that people trust.
    SMH provides numerous well-recognized services, including cancer diagnosis and treatment, women and children’s services, cardiac surgery and emergency care. The professional nursing staff, top-ranked doctors, and clinical and nonclinical staff deliver consistently compassionate care, which is reflected in patient evaluations and customer satisfaction reports.
    In August, Slidell Memorial will break ground on a unique, state-of-the-art cancer center that will house some of the most advanced technology available in the world for treating cancer patients. SMH has long been a hidden gem for patients seeking quality cancer treatment and care, and this development will allow cancer patients all over the New Orleans area to receive the very best cancer care without having to travel hundreds of miles. Additionally, Slidell Memorial is striving to expand and improve services to patients with the unveiling of major improvements to the maternal and pediatric wing and to the emergency department.
    For more information call (985) 643-2200 or visit www.slidellmemorial.org.

Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
    Thibodaux Regional Medical Center has developed a unique approach to treating back and neck disorders. The Spine Center of Excellence provides a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time from the right providers. The Spine Center of Excellence is different because it offers centralized access to multiple specialties and services. One call gives patients access to the area’s best and most comprehensive group of providers and therapies for the care and treatment of back and neck problems.
    Patients and their referring physicians are led by a Nurse Navigator through a process of assessment and treatment individually tailored to the patient’s unique condition. In addition to total care coordination, the Spine Center’s comprehensive services include everything from high-tech diagnostic imaging to physical therapy, surgery, alternative medicine and chronic pain services.
    Thibodaux Regional consistently ranks in the top 1 percent in the nation for patient satisfaction, and has been nationally recognized for its high quality care and patient satisfaction. In addition, Thibodaux Regional has been recognized as a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates for providing “An Outstanding Patient Experience,” and is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Summit Award for sustaining highest level of patient satisfaction for three or more consecutive years.
    For more information call (800) 822-8442 or visit www.thibodaux.com.

Touro’s Women’s Imaging Center
    Touro’s Women’s Imaging Center was designed to meet a higher standard of care - yours. They understand a woman’s many unique imaging needs at every stage of life and offer the latest in diagnostic services in a comfortable, spa-like setting. Special features, such as the unique compression system of Touro’s Full-Field Digital Mammogram, make for a faster, more accurate and more comfortable experience than a conventional film mammogram. Touro’s High Detective Quantum Efficiency (DQE) allows them to see deep inside the breast so they can spot even the smallest abnormality, even before a patient notices any symptoms.
    While the Women’s Imaging Center offers the latest technology for breast cancer detection, Touro also offers a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and physicians to help women battling breast cancer. Touro’s Cancer Center is committed to providing patients with quality cancer care from diagnosis and treatment, to recovery and support. For breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomies, Touro now has a breast reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Ali Sadeghi, who specializes in the latest microsurgical techniques for breast reconstruction, helping post-mastectomy patients restore their bodies and sense of wholeness. Touro’s Supportive Cancer Care Center staff works closely with the surgeons and oncologists to assist patients and their families as they go through this experience. Counseling, support groups and spiritual guidance are among the supportive services offered.
    From prevention to treatment, Touro is committed to improving the health of its patients through effective, efficient and compassionate health care services.
    For more information visit www.touro.com.

Tulane Medical Center
    State-of-the-art technologies and cutting-edge procedures such as the Mini-Maze, the O-Arm Imaging System and robotic surgeries used to provide minimally invasive health care place the Tulane Medical Center as a leader in modern health care, which is nothing new for this medical center, with its long tradition of excellence.
    Originally founded in 1834 to combat the tropical diseases so common in New Orleans, the Tulane Medical Center has provided residents of New Orleans and the Gulf South the most advanced medical care, and this is evident even 175 years later. In one of the newest efforts, the TMC will open a state-of-the-art hybrid catheterization lab operating suite this winter. The lab will be the only one of its kind in Louisiana and one of only 10 such labs in the country. It is specifically being built for care of pediatric heart patients and will allow a cardiologist and heart surgeon to work together in one room, resulting in shorter procedures, reduced risk to the patient and improved outcomes.
    Tulane Medical Center was the proud recipient of a 2008 Quality Award from Louisiana Health Care Review. In 2007, TMC was awarded full accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers as a Cycle II Chest Pain Center for its quick response in diagnosing and treating victims of heart attack, and the center boasts one of the top-ranked cardiac surgery programs in research and correction of atrial-fibrillation, or irregular heart rhythm. For more information call (504) 988-5800 or visit www.tulanehealthcare.com.
    Since its conception in 1964, the Tulane-Lakeside Hospital has delivered more than 1 million babies and treated well over 300,000 patients, making it something of a local institution. The hospital continues to make great strides into the future of health care as well, providing knowledge, expertise and specialized care vital to meeting the health care needs of the entire New Orleans region. With a commitment to top-quality medical care and the most advanced technology available, the hospital provides a full spectrum of specialized services, including obstetrics/gynecology, urology, radiology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ENT) and surgery.
    The hospital holds a proud legacy of providing mothers and babies with the individualized attention and top-quality care from a team of physicians and staff who specialize in obstetrical, gynecological and pediatric care. Tulane-Lakeside is a regional perinatal center for high-risk pregnancies and has a Level III Regional Neonatal ICU. The maternal-fetal specialists at Tulane-Lakeside Hospital offer a full complement of services for women with high-risk pregnancies and complications related to childbirth. Tulane-Lakeside Hospital’s commitment to treating women and their babies has grown by expanding services and offering a wider range of health care options for the entire family.
    For routine exams and extraordinary treatments, step up to Tulane-Lakeside. For more information call (504) 988-5800 or visit www.tulane-lakeside.com.

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