Ochsner Health System signed a contract with King Abdulaziz University, an institution of higher education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Faculty, staff and students from the Saudi Arabian university’s college of medicine will be educated and trained at various Ochsner health care facilities throughout Louisiana. While signing the contract, Professor Osama Sadek Tayeb, the president of King Abdulaziz University, stated in a press release, “This marks the beginning of a long-term and mutually beneficial partnership between two well-established institutions with similar focus on excellence in the delivery of health care and in education and training of health care providers.”

Last month Children’s Hospital held a telethon that raised more than $1.8 million. According to a hospital statement, funds from the telethon will be used to ensure that the most advanced medical and surgical equipment will be available, and that no child will be turned away because of his or her family’s inability to pay for services.

Louisiana State University telemedicine is designed to give patients in rural Louisiana access to quality subspecialty care, removing the obstacles of the time and cost to travel to major medical hubs in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. LSU sub-specialists in the city are using “telemedicine” technology to serve patients in remote locations who otherwise may not receive the care they require in a timely manner, according to Dr. Juzar Ali, Medical Director of the Interim LSU Public Hospital. Telemedicine heart failure and mental health services first took root two years ago, and since November of last year, Lallie Kemp Regional Medical Center patients in Independence, La., have been able to directly communicate with LSU doctors in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Ten LSU doctors in New Orleans are the primary telemed service providers, offering 36 hours of clinic a week for Lallie Kemp, with an additional 14 LSU physicians available for service.