North Oaks Health System announces expansion plans

HAMMOND, Louisiana, Sept. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — North Oaks Health System and New Orleans Children’s Hospital announced this week that they are expanding health services for children and families in Tangipahoa Parish and Northshore Region, with the vision to improve both pediatric services and health outcomes.

The clinical affiliation builds on existing services, which are provided today by Children’s Hospital New Orleans at North Oaks Medical Center, which include neonatology, pediatric hospitalist coverage, and pediatric cardiology services. In the new affiliation agreement, the organizations will explore opportunities for Children’s Hospital to provide additional pediatric services in North Oaks, bringing specialist care for children closer to families’ homes.

“By partnering with Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, we believe we can fulfill our mission to make life better, every time, every touch, for Northshore children. We intend to build on our existing relationship and enhance our range of pediatric services through the addition of pediatric subspecialists and the development of new pediatric services at North Oaks Medical Center and surrounding communities through multiple phases. says Michele Kidd Sutton, FACHE, President and CEO of North Oaks Health System. “We are honored that Children’s Hospital of New Orleans believes in the quality of care provided by the team of providers and staff at North Oaks and that they are working hard to provide a healthy future for the children of Louisiana with North Oaks as a partner. We look forward to working together to develop better access for the community and support better health outcomes for our children.

New Orleans Children’s Hospital will provide professional medical services and oversight of the range of pediatric services in North Oaks, with ongoing clinical collaboration.

“As the leading provider of pediatric health care for Louisiana, Children’s Hospital is proud to work with North Oaks to improve the health and well-being of children with a high standard of care,” said John R Nickens IV, president and CEO of New Orleans Children’s Hospital. “Our growing membership strengthens our shared ability to provide a healthier future for children.”

Children’s Hospital will continue to staff the Pediatric Inpatient Department at North Oaks Medical Center to support a pediatric acute care unit and newborn exams, as well as neonatology and other sub-units. specialties to support the neonatal intensive care unit.

North Oaks is one of the most progressive healthcare systems in the region. Located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the organization includes a 330-bed acute care hospital, a Level II trauma center, a primary stroke center, a 27-bed medical rehabilitation hospital, a stand-alone surgical center, two diagnostic centers and the most complete multispecialty. local dispensary.

As Louisiana’s first free-standing children’s hospital, Children’s Hospital New Orleans has provided specialized health care to children in Louisiana and the southern Gulf for more than 65 years. With a recently completed $300 million transformation of its main campus in New Orleans, Children’s Hospital provides the highest level of pediatric care in the state, supported by more than 600 pediatric-trained providers and partnerships with LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. Children’s Hospital also operates outpatient clinics throughout Louisiana and the southern Gulf, including 12 primary care clinics and nine specialty clinics from Lake Charles to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

“Our affiliation with North Oaks Health System represents Children’s Hospital and LCMC Health’s strong commitment to improving the health of the next generation,” said Greg Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health. “By working together to bring more specialized health services for children to the community, we will improve the quality and delivery of care for children in Tangipahoa and surrounding parishes.”

Planning work between the organizations will continue over the coming months. Children’s Hospital and North Oaks look forward to working together on this initiative to improve health outcomes for children and families in the Northshore area.


About Children’s Hospital of New Orleans

Children’s Hospital is a 257-bed nonprofit academic pediatric medical center that provides comprehensive health services, including more than 40 pediatric specialties, provided only to children. With more than 600 pediatric providers, Children’s offers a full range of pediatric health care services in Louisiana and the Southern Gulf. In addition to its main campus located in New Orleans, the hospital operates a network of specialty clinics across Louisiana, including in Covington, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Lafayette, and Bay St. Louis, MS. Children’s offers primary care services in 12 convenient, remote locations through its Virtual Care for Kids program. Children’s is a proud member of LCMC Health, a Louisiana-based nonprofit hospital system that also includes New Orleans East Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center New Orleans, West Jefferson Medical Center, and East Jefferson General Hospital. Learn more at

About North Oaks Health System

North Oaks Health System is one of Louisiana’s most progressive community hospital organizations and is located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Founded in 1960, North Oaks’ mission is to improve lives, every time and every touch. Facilities in the parishes of Tangipahoa and Livingston include an acute care hospital which serves the area as a level II trauma center, a rehabilitation hospital, two outpatient diagnostic and treatment centers, an outpatient surgical center, two outpatient rehabilitation clinics, a palliative care agency and a growing physician group for primary and specialty care. Learn more at

  • North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners with CEOs of North Oaks, New Orleans Children’s Hospital and LCMC Health

  • North Oaks Health System, New Orleans Children’s Hospital and LCMC Health leadership teams


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