Hospital Buzz

Greater New Orleans is fortunate to be home to a number of hospitals and hospital systems that bring world-class care to the people of the region. As medicine continues to evolve with the latest research and technologies, so do the hospitals as they institute best practices and expand treatment options for patients with all varieties of health needs. From advances in radiation treatments to award designations, cutting-edge programs for new moms, expanded behavioral health services, and virtual access to doctors, local hospitals are buzzing with news to share. When you or a loved one are in need of a certain treatment or could benefit from a special new program, it’s helpful to know what’s available regionally. Check out the new and expanded offerings from the following hospitals and see if the latest information can benefit you.

 

The Gamma Knife® Icon™ (Icon) delivers the most-precise brain radiation treatment in the world. Available at Mary Bird Perkins – Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center in Baton Rouge, the Icon can treat a variety of conditions, including brain tumors, brain metastases, trigeminal neuralgia, arteriovenous malformations, central nervous system disorders and more. The Icon targets the most critical, difficult-to-access areas in the brain with a highly accurate dose of radiation, while sparing healthy brain tissue. And with a frameless design, patients receive a more comfortable, non-invasive treatment. This means they can return home and back to their daily routine in a few hours.

The Cancer Center’s team of Icon-credentialed physicians collaborate with highly specialized neurosurgeons, physicists and the patient’s referring physician to deliver the most effective, highly individualized care. Patients and physicians throughout the Gulf South now have access to gold-standard brain care close to home. To learn more or refer a patient, visit ConquerDifferently.org.

 

Crescent City Surgical Centre (CCSC) is America’s premier physician owned surgical hospital. Owned and operated by a combination of 32 elite local practicing physicians and Louisiana Children’s Medical Center, CCSC offers eight operating rooms and two procedure rooms. Using cutting edge DaVinci robotic laparoscopic technology, CCSC offers patients minimally invasive surgery resulting in less pain and faster recovery time.

Twenty VIP private rooms are available, and CCSC can make accommodations for those whose loved ones wish to stay overnight. Catered restaurant-style meals are served and designed to meet patients’ personal dietary needs. They offer expedited wait times on appointments in a relaxing and comfortable environment. CCSC features surgical specialists in the fields of Bariatric, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, ENT, Colo-Rectal, General Surgery, Gynecological Procedures, Urology, Interventional Radiology, Pain Management, Plastic, Reconstructive and Advanced Cosmetic Surgery.

For more information about Crescent City Surgical Centre, please call 504- 830-2500, or visit CCSurg.com.

 

West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) has provided compassionate and quality care for communities since its founding in 1956 by the citizens of Jefferson Parish. With 419 beds and a full set of medical services, it’s the go-to center for medical care in the West Bank, Gretna, Harvey, and New Orleans area. Its extraordinary care is frequently recognized with national accolades, including in patient safety and stroke care. West Jefferson Medical Center most recently earned the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award and is the only hospital in Louisiana to receive such prestigious recognition. West Jeff would like to thank its physicians, nurses, and staff who deliver the best care possible to patients and the community.

WJMC is a proud member of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based, not-for-profit hospital system serving the healthcare needs of the Gulf Coast region. LCMC Health currently manages award-winning community hospitals including Children’s Hospital, Touro, New Orleans East Hospital, University Medical Center New Orleans, and West Jefferson Medical Center. To learn more about West Jefferson Medical Center’s services, visit WJMC.org.

 

Because medical concerns can arise at any time, Children’s Hospital New Orleans is making access to its pediatricians more convenient than ever. Virtual Care allows parents to connect with a Children’s Hospital provider during business hours and also in the evenings and on weekends. The app allows families to receive expert pediatric care via secure video connection from anywhere in Louisiana.

Virtual Care benefits include seeing a provider when most convenient, not having to pack up the kids and spend time traveling or waiting in a crowded waiting room, and having a specialist referral or a prescription called in from the comfort of home.

To learn more or to download the Children’s Hospital Virtual Care app, visit chnola.org/virtual-care. To reach Children’s Hospital’s After Hours walk-in clinics in Metairie and River Ridge, visit chnola.org/Pediatrics/AfterHours.

For more information about Children’s Hospital, visit CHNola.org.

 

The Touro Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of two NOLA Baby Cafés at Touro. A program of the H.E.R. Institute, the Baby Café works to reduce breastfeeding disparities by providing a free drop-in space for breastfeeding families to network and share resources. NOLA Baby Café provides a relaxed, non-judgmental, safe environment for all women, bringing together women from all socio-economic and racial backgrounds. This program, made possible at Touro by the Touro Foundation, is key to addressing the challenges of access to support and resources for new and expectant mothers. The Touro Baby Café is the first hospital-based Baby Café in the Gulf South.

NOLA Baby Café will meet weekly at two locations: every Monday from 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. at the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic located on Touro’s campus (3434 Prytania Street, Ste 105) and 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. on Tuesdays at Touro’s Bywater clinic (3322 St. Claude Ave.), excluding holidays. New and expectant mothers are invited to attend.

For event information, visit Touro.com/event-calendar/.

 

The Tulane Doctor’s vision, “Healing people, defining medicine,” is supported by its mission to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research, and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, Tulane educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public, conducts biomedical research, and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose, and treat human illness.

Your family deserves the best, and you can feel confident that the doctors at Tulane are working to deliver the best quality healthcare to you and those you love. Whether you’re looking for life-saving treatment or just a primary care physician, choose the doctors at Tulane.

Find your Tulane doctor by calling 504-988-5800, or visit TulaneDoctors.com. Tulane Doctors—healing people, defining medicine.

 

With work underway on a new Ambulatory Surgical Center and the launch of new behavioral health and addiction recovery programs, University Medical Center New Orleans continues to expand services and increase access to care for the region. The new $14M Ambulatory Surgical Center, which will be located at the corner of South Claiborne and Tulane avenues in an existing building, will expand University Medical Center’s capacity by five surgical suites and two endoscopy rooms.

Over the past 18 months, University Medical Center’s growth has included the opening of a Primary Care Center, Burn Center, and the launch of a Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery and a Palliative Medicine program. Additionally, several new clinics recently launched to expand access to behavioral health and addiction treatment services, including outpatient addiction psychiatry services, integrated healthcare to treat opioid use disorders in a primary care setting, and substance abuse intensive outpatient therapy with a licensed clinical social worker.

University Medical Center is a part of LCMC Health. For more information, visit UMCNO.org.