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Ochsner Hospital for Children at St. Tammany Health System PICU:
Completing the Journey to World-Class Pediatric Services

For four years St. Tammany Health System has been expanding to provide a full array of world-class pediatric services for West St. Tammany families.

Norah Williams (center), transposition of the great arteries pediatric patient at Ochsner Hospital for Children enjoys playing with her sisters while she waits for her doctor.

In 2019 St. Tammany Health System (STHS) took an important step in partnership with Ochsner Hospital for Children, opening a level II pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The new unit means the partners now provide the most comprehensive healthcare option for children and families along the I-12 corridor.

Staffed by Ochsner Hospital for Children pediatric intensivists, the new PICU offers a team with specialized training in caring for patients ages 18 and under in need of higher-acuity care. The same physicians also care for patients in STHS’s newly renovated inpatient pediatrics unit adjacent to the PICU. Ochsner Hospital for Children provided specialized training for the STHS pediatrics team to prepare them for young patients with respiratory infections, diabetes, seizure disorders and other conditions that may require the use of a ventilator, continuous cardiac monitoring or other highly specialized pediatric care. 

Launching the Northshore’s
First Children’s Hospital

Recognizing the full complement of pediatric services now available in west St. Tammany Parish, in 2019 St. Tammany Health System’s pediatric unit was renamed Ochsner Hospital for Children at St. Tammany Health System — the first children’s hospital on Louisiana’s Northshore. Pediatric offerings from both partners include Ochsner Hospital for Children intensive care physicians as well as a diverse assortment of inpatient and outpatient services, including pediatric cardiology, endocrinology, general surgery, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and other specialties. It’s the most comprehensive offering of pediatric services in the I-12 corridor.