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Louisiana Children's Hospitals Announce Collaboration To Advance Pediatric Health

Analysis  |  By Jasmyne Ray  
   May 05, 2022

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health and  Children's Hospital New Orleans, plan to work together to improve pediatric care across the Gulf South.

Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health, a state-wide health network in New Orleans, has announced a partnership with Children's Hospital New Orleans, a nonprofit academic pediatric medical center, to advance pediatric healthcare in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf South.

According to a letter of intent signed by both systems, the organizations plan to collaborate on different ways pediatric health services can be delivered and how to elevate the standard of care in the communities they serve.

"This collaboration would enable us to do more together for Louisiana's children," Kevin Cook, chief operating officer of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, which operates Our Lady of the Lake Children's health, said in a statement. "With recent, significant investments in pediatric healthcare made by both organizations, we believe that we can align respective expertise that will continue to transform the health of our children."

Both systems are united by the belief that new synergies can be achieved to improve access to care and health outcomes for patients. Greg Feirn, CEO LCMC Health, which operates Children's Hospital New Orleans, said in a statement that the partnership will "enhance quality of care" throughout Louisiana, as well as expand access to highly specialized health services. The organizations will continue to discuss the partnership in the coming months.

"The recruitment of national leaders in pediatric medicine, in addition to investments in infrastructure and technology over the last several years, has positioned both Our Lady of the Lake Children's and Children's New Orleans to address the significant health challenges our kids and communities are facing," John R. Nickens IV, president and CEO of Children's Hospital New Orleans. "Creating affiliations and alignments with likeminded institutions enhances our shared ability to deliver a healthier future for children."

Our Lady of the Lake Children's serves the southern region of the Pelican State, offering comprehensive pediatric services and access to specialists. Children's Hospital New Orleans is Louisiana's largest children's hospital and provides the highest level of pediatric care in the state. It also has an academic medical community including LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine.

"With a shared commitment to academic medicine, together we can continue to deliver unparalleled opportunities for educational enhancement and innovation," Richard Vath, MD, president and CEO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. "Training the next generation of providers is essential to the future of equitable access to care. We hope to develop collaborative strategies to address population health priorities that improve health outcomes for children and families across the state."

“This collaboration would enable us to do more together for Louisiana's children. With recent, significant investments in pediatric healthcare made by both organizations, we believe that we can align respective expertise that will continue to transform the health of our children.”


KEY TAKEAWAYS

The collaboration will allow both hospitals to extend their services and provide care to children throughout Louisiana and the Gulf South.

Our Lady of the Lake serves the southern region of the state, and Children's Hospital New Orleans is the state's largest children's hospital with an academic medical community that includes LSU and Tulane University.


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