In 2018, Ochsner opened two major new facilities that address previously unmet patient needs – and do so by implementing innovative, groundbreaking models of care delivery.
Every year more than 25% of patients discharged from our hospitals, some 17,000 people, require highly specialized post-acute care before they can return home. But until recently there’s never been a facility that addressed the diverse needs of these patients all in one place. Last year that changed with the opening of the newly created West Campus on Jefferson Highway in New Orleans, Louisiana. West Campus establishes a rehabilitation hospital and a long-term acute care unit – together under one roof. This state-of-the-art facility ensures patients receive the highest level of integrated, post-acute care upon discharge from the hospital. The three co-located hospitals at West Campus are:
The new inpatient rehabilitation hospital doubled our previous bed capacity to 56, including eight beds dedicated to the unique needs of patients with brain injuries. Patients recovering from stroke, neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, and specific diagnoses related to transplant, cardiac and cancer, among other conditions, benefit from the skill of nearly 185 therapists, nurses and other specialists.
Created in partnership with LHC Group, a leading national provider of long-term acute healthcare services, Ochsner Extended Care Hospital delivers intensive and specialized care for some of our most critically ill patients. It features state-of-the-art equipment across 32 private rooms, including five high-observation beds similar to those found in an intensive care unit.
For patients in need of short-term rehabilitation or those with chronic conditions that require longer-term care, this unit’s healthcare professionals and staff deliver highly skilled medical care.
One in four individuals will report the need for mental health services in their lifetime. Yet, for years, Louisiana has ranked near the bottom for access to mental health services, a shortage largely due to the closure of many beds previously available at state facilities. Recent population estimates identified a shortage of more than 400 behavioral health beds in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas.
In 2018, Ochsner took a major step toward closing that gap with the opening of River Place Behavioral Health in LaPlace. This new 82-bed psychiatric facility offers hope, healing and individualized treatment planning to address a wide range of mental health needs. Through a joint venture, Ochsner partnered with Acadia, a national leader in behavioral healthcare services, to repurpose the previous River Parishes Hospital building and create a four-unit facility designed for the safety and comfort of both patients and staff.
River Place provides an adult care unit for patients struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD and other behavioral health issues. A dual diagnosis unit treats patients with substance use disorders and related conditions. Finally, a geriatric psychiatric unit delivers personalized treatment for patients 65 years or older. The unit includes special features such as wider sidewalks and seating areas to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.
At River Place, a multi-pronged approach to therapy encourages the healing of mind, body and spirit. Individual therapy allows opportunities to process the successes and setbacks of the recovery process in a confidential setting, while group therapy allows patients to foster a sense of community connection. An interdisciplinary care team of social workers, psychiatrists and pharmacists work together to quickly stabilize newly admitted patients, then develop an outpatient treatment plan so patients can get back to their everyday lives. River Place is Acadia’s first facility to open using an electronic health record, extending the patient benefits of Ochsner’s Epic platform to this unique patient population.
Both West Campus and River Place are pioneering innovative delivery models while closing care gaps that benefit our community and thousands of patients annually.