Through a strong collaboration that includes enhanced capabilities in neurosciences and other specialties, Ochsner and St. Tammany Parish Hospital (STPH) are delivering high-quality care to better meet the needs of patients in the North Shore community.
Since the inception of Ochsner’s partnership with STPH, our joint focus has been on improving quality, advancing patient-centered technology and increasing access. The partnership has enabled expanded services, including enhancements to neurology, neurosurgery and stroke care, pediatrics, cardiology, orthopedics, and therapy and wellness. Neurological services have been infused with leading-edge technology, including robotic cameras, brain navigation devices and 3D visualization.
The enhancements have led to significant growth in the number of patients treated in neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology and other specialties. Because of STPH’s expanded capabilities, today more North Shore patients are getting the exceptional care they need close to home.
Beloved by his players, his school and the entire community, Lakeshore High School football coach Greg Battistella, affectionately known as “Coach Batt,” suffered a stroke on the sideline during a game and was rushed to the Slidell Memorial Hospital (SMH) Emergency Department. The situation was life threatening, but he was soon stabilized and further treated for his condition. Under the care of the OMC – North Shore Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation team, Coach Batt participated in intense daily physical, occupational and speech therapy on his road to recovery.
Today Coach Batt can be found back on the sideline, and his recovery has been an inspiration to everyone. “I used my players and Lakeshore football as my own personal rehab – since they never quit on me, and I wasn’t about to quit on them,” Coach Batt recalls. “Eight or nine weeks after this incident, I was playing golf and spending time with my family. My family and friends never left my side. I give all the credit to my doctors, nurses and God. I knew I was in good care at SMH, who saved my life.”