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LCMC Health System Vice President and Chief Information Officer Tanya Townsend Receives National Recognition

August 2, 2018

LCMC Health System Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Tanya Townsend has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, a national healthcare publication, as one of 2018’s Female Health IT Leaders to Know.

>To read the full press release and honors received, CLICK HERE


Gulf Coast Hospitals Use Lull to Prepare for Storm

July 27, 2018

Major hospital systems on the U.S. Gulf Coast are not letting their guard down when it comes to preparing for the 2018 hurricane season.

>>To read the full press release and honors received, CLICK HERE


LCMC Health Chief of Staff Ayame Dinkler Receives National Recognition

Dinkler Included in Becker’s 2018 Rising Star in Healthcare

July 27, 2018

LCMC Health Chief of Staff has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, a national healthcare publication, as one of the 90 Rising Stars in 2018.

>>To read the full press release and honors received, CLICK HERE


LCMC Health Among the Financial Elite in Louisiana Hospital System

Earns A+ Stable Rating From Standard & Poor’s

July 23, 2018

LCMC Health announced that it has maintained the A+ Stable rating from Standard & Poor’s. LCMC Health is the only not-for-profit system in the New Orleans Metro area and South Louisiana with an A+ Stable rating.

>>To read the full press release and honors received, CLICK HERE


LCMC Health Hospitals and Providers Earn Top Honors in 2018 NOLA FAMILY “Family Favorites”

June 26, 2018

LCMC Health is pleased to announce 18 of our hospitals, physicians, providers, clinics and specialty centers earned top honors in this year’s NOLA Family “Family Favorites” reader survey. Honorees are selected annually based on voting by the publication’s readership.

>>To read the full press release and honors received, CLICK HERE


LCMC Health Applauds Budget Compromise

June 26, 2018

Today, LCMC Health and University Medical Center New Orleans (UMC) applauded the work of Governor John Bel Edwards and the Louisiana Legislature in passing a budget that fully funds healthcare, including UMC. On Sunday, Governor Edwards signed new revenue measures into law which will stabilize the state budget. Without additional revenue and longer-term stability, the state budget crisis threatened the future of the UMC, home of the Rev. Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital.

>>To read the full press release, CLICK HERE


Children’s Hospital CEO John Nickens Letter to NOLA.com: Louisiana’s Budget Should Protect Children

June 22, 2018

NOLA.com published a letter from John Nickens, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital, about the state’s budget problems. Nickens said “Children’s Hospital is wholly committed to building healthier communities, but real change in this area will require a commitment from the Legislature to tackle these important challenges.”

>>To read the full letter, CLICK HERE


Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Chelsea Clinton, the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative, and Kohl’s Cares Launches Local “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” Campaign

June 21, 2018

Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, Too Small to Fail, and Kohl’s Cares announced today the launch of a new, local campaign to boost the early brain development and language skills of children from birth through age five. Working together with the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail initiative, New Orleans will become the 14th community in the country to implement a local “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaign.

>>To read the full press release, CLICK HERE


News  Coverage of Chelsea Clinton’s Too Small to Fail initiative

June 21, 2018

Chelsea Clinton’s visit to Children’s Hospital was covered by the New Orleans media. Click on the links below to view:

>> WWL TV: Chelsea Clinton visits New Orleans to launch ‘Talking is Teaching’ campaign

>> WDSU TV: Chelsea Clinton visits New Orleans to launch “Talking is Teaching” initiative

> WGNO TV: Chelsea Clinton brings early learning program to New Orleans

> NOLA.com: Chelsea Clinton debuts ‘Talking is Teaching’ campaign in New Orleans

>> City Business: Chelsea Clinton launches “Talking is Teaching” program at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans


Combined Effort From Touro & Children’s Hospital Saves Baby’s Life

June 18, 2018

Taylor Rodriguez had to deal with the darkest moment of her life. A routine ultrasound showed her unborn child had a heart murmur, fluid behind her neck, and she had not developed a jaw. Doctors would have to perform an operation never done before. a high risk surgery that would require 25 doctors and nurses from both Touro and Children’s Hospital.

>>To view the WDSU video, CLICK HERE


LCMC Health CFO Suzanne Haggard Receives National Recognition

June 18, 2018

LCMC Health Chief Financial Officer Suzanne Haggard was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, a national healthcare publication, as one of the 150 CFOS to Know in 2018. The annual list is compiled based on a competitive nomination process. Nominees are evaluated on business accomplishments, leadership style and community involvement.

>>To read the full press release, CLICK HERE


Weight Loss Surgery Now Available to Medicaid Patients

June 14, 2018

On July 1st, University Medical Center will open the only clinic in the state for weight loss surgery for Medicaid patients. Louisiana has one of the highest obesity rates in the U.S. It’s more than 35 percent.

“I really believe we’re going to change the health care landscape in Louisiana by offering this service to this patient population,” said Dr. Christopher DuCoin, Director of Bariatric Surgery at UMC and Chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Tulane.

>>To read more and to view the report on WWL TV, CLICK HERE


Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School Recognizes LCMC Health with Special Luke 6:31 Award

June 4, 2018

“For Care. For Community. For You.” Those six words form the banner message on LCMC Health’s website. It is that message that drives the work of the thousands of individuals who work in a variety of capacities for LCMC Health and its members hospitals. That spirit is at the heart of LCMC Health’s Human Resources (HR) department’s internal community giving program, through which the HR’s “office crashers” team selects a worthy organization to support, in this case a year-long partnership with Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School, a member of the First Line Charter School family located in the Treme neighborhood. The support comes from the employees themselves



LCMC Health Introduces LCMC Healthcare Partners, Clinically Integrated Network Focused on Improving Care in Community

May 17, 2018

Continuing to seek ways to enhance healthcare in the Greater New Orleans region and improve outcomes for patients, LCMC Health is proud to introduce its new clinically integrated network (CIN): LCMC Healthcare Partners, LLC. The CIN represents a collection of health providers, including physicians employed by one of LCMC Health’s five-member hospitals, community physicians, hospitals, and post-acute specialists, who share a vision of improving care and reducing healthcare costs, primarily through a focus on preventative medicine, robust care coordination, and chronic disease management to ensure the ongoing wellness of their patient community.



LCMC Health Urgent Care Earns Prestigious UCAOA Accreditation Status

May 7, 2018

LCMC Health Urgent Care has announced it has again earned accredited status from the Urgent Care Association of American (UCAOA). The designation is the highest level of distinction for quality of patient care in an urgent care setting.

In a joint statement, LCMC Health President of Clinical and System Operations John Heaton, M.D. and LCMC Health Urgent Care Medical Director Patrick Dennis, M.D. stated, “We are extremely proud of the clinicians and leadership at all levels for reaffirming the commitment of LCMC Health Urgent Care to delivering the best care possible. The UCAOA accreditation is the urgent care industry’s mark of excellence, which should be a tremendous source of pride for every member of the LCMC Health Urgent Care team.”



LCMC Health Hospitals Honored by National Healthcare Advertising Awards

May 2, 2018

LCMC Health’s hospitals, including Children’s Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans and West Jefferson Medical Center, received 24 recognitions for exceptional work in advertising by the Healthcare Marketing Report’s 35th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards.

The Healthcare Advertising Awards are sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, the leading publication covering all aspects of healthcare marketing, advertising and strategic business development. The Healthcare Advertising Awards is the oldest, largest and most widely respected healthcare advertising award competition. This year, nearly 4,000 entries were received, with a national panel of judges reviewing every entry for execution, creativity, quality, consumer appeal and overall breakthrough advertising content.



Children’s Hospital Designates Main Hospital and Clinics “No Hit Zones”

April 26, 2018

Hot pink stop signs emblazoned with the words “NO HIT ZONE” have been posted across Children’s Hospital’s main campus, Calhoun Street and State Street campuses, and outpatient clinics, as April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

In posting the signs and sharing the message, Children’s Hospital’s Audrey Hepburn Children at Rick Evaluation (CARE) Center and the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center (NOCAC) are raising awareness about the most prevalent risk factor of child physical abuse – corporal punishment. The No Hit Zone signs illustrate the well-established harmful effects of corporal punishment and promote effective painless parenting techniques.




Annual Mother’s Day Event At Audubon Zoo will be presented by Children’s Hospital and Touro Infirmary

April 24, 2018

Grammy® Award winner Irma Thomas will be making her 35th appearance as headliner for Audubon Zoo’s Mother’s Day event on Sunday, May 13. The full Mother’s Day lineup of food, music and family fun begins at 10 a.m.

To learn more about the event, CLICK HERE to read the news release from the Audubon Zoo.


New burn-trauma center opens at UMC

April 23, 2018

The new UMC Burn-Trauma Center becomes one of only 49 in the country with combined trauma and burn specialties. The new center opened three weeks ago and already has admitted 30 patients. Doctors are expecting to treat at least 200 patients a year.

To view the full WWL TV report, click here.


UMC officials discuss the impact of proposed state budget cuts

April 23, 2018

University Medical Center unveiled a new 27,000-square-foot burn unit. And as officials tout a new level of care, they worry about the impact of cuts that some state officials are now trying to resolve.

To view the full WVUE TV report, click here.


Letters: Consequences of Louisiana budget not funding UMC? Loss of jobs, education support, state revenue

April 20, 2018

In response to Dan Fagan’s Sunday opinion column, “Fiscal cliff not nearly what governor cited as an excuse to raise taxes,” LCMC Health Chief Executive Officer Greg Feirn provided some needed clarifications by writing a letter to the Advocate.

Read the response by clicking here.


LCMC Health Celebrates National Volunteer Week

April 16, 2018

When picturing the workforce in a hospital, doctors, nurses, admitting staff, facilities and food services employees, easily come to mind. But there is another segment of people who make a difference, giving of their time and talent to be of service to others … VOLUNTEERS. This Sunday, April 15, kicks off 2018 National Volunteer Week, and LCMC Health is grateful to recognize and thank all the volunteers who make a difference every day in its member hospitals.

To the full press release, click here.


New Kids Play Area Opening at Lakeside Shopping Center

April 10, 2018

Lakeside is partnering with Children’s Hospital, The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital and the Family Birthing Center at Touro to open a new, fairy tale-inspired play area for kids (as well as three nursing rooms for nursing mothers to use) on April 19th.

To the full NOLA.com article, click here.


CityBusiness 2018 Health Care Annual Features Submissions From LCMC Health Member Hospitals 

April 6, 2018

A representative from each of LCMC Health’s member hospitals addresses his “No. 1 concern”; “Biggest improvement in regional healthcare”; and “Factors impacting the cost.”

To read submissions, click here.


Preeminent Pediatric Radiologist George Bisset, III, M.D. to join Children’s Hospital  

April 2, 2018

One of the world’s leading pediatric radiologists and a world-class radiology educator, George Bisset, III, M.D., will join Children’s Hospital as its Chief Medical Officer. Bisset will be responsible for leading and coordinating medical affairs across the Children’s Hospital enterprise, with focuses on safety, quality, service excellence, and the consistent delivery of an exceptional patient experience.

“Children’s Hospital is an asset for both New Orleans and the entire region, and the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer plays an important role as such,” said Greg Feirn, CEO of LCMC Health.  “We’re thrilled to be adding Dr. Bisset to the deep roster of pediatric talent at Children’s.”

To read full press release, click here.


3 Doctors at the Dinner Table: A family of pediatricians treats New Orleans-area children  

March 26, 2018

Many of the stories told around the Remedios’ family dinner table centered around the young patients that played a big part in Dr. Otto Remedios’ day. The pediatrician would come home and talk with his own children, sharing funny anecdotes about the families he interacted with at his clinic on the West Bank.

Dr. Remedios stopped short of saying he had much of a role in inspiring both of his children to pursue careers as pediatricians. But talking to his son Paul and daughter Isabel, the influence is more than apparent.

To read full NOLA.com article, click here.


Top Private Companies: Ochsner, LCMC raise revenues amid state budget uncertainty  

March 20, 2018

The region’s top hospital groups saw revenue gains in 2017 with more patients utilizing expanded services and facilities, but hospital executives are closely watching whether the state Legislature can agree on revenue raisers to address a large budget shortfall.

To read full CityBusiness article, click here.


LCMC Health recognizes 18 “Health Care Heroes”  

March 7, 2018

LCMC Health is pleased to announce that  New Orleans CityBusiness  has recognized 16 individuals across the LCMC Health System as “Health Care Heroes.”   Since 2007, New Orleans CityBusiness has honored 50 healthcare professionals in the New Orleans area in six categories: animal care, first responder, nurse, physician, professional and volunteer. Honorees are selected annually based on industry, community involvement and achievement that have set the pace for the overall community.

To read the full story, click here

To read the full press release, click here.


Nurse Helped Coax the Big Easy to Go Smoke-Free

March 7, 2018

Charlotte Parent, assistant vice president of community affairs/network navigation for LCMC Health, served as the director of the New Orleans Health Department from 2014 through 2016. During her time as the city’s director of health, Parent helped the city of New Orleans become one of the approximately 700 smoke-free cities nationwide.

To read the full story, click here


LCMC Health offers “Career Jumpstart” program to community

March 7, 2018

LCMC Health is pleased to offer “Career Jumpstart,” a free five-week program designed to prepare job seekers for clerical positions within the medical field. Career Jumpstart classes are designed to foster participants’ professional development and to improve their technical skills (which are easily transferrable to other industries and positions). This program is made possible with the support of the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF).

To read the full press release, click here


‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign makes its way into area schools

February 26, 2018

Teachers and other school faculty members in New Orleans could soon learn how to put on a tourniquet or apply dressing to a bleeding wound, under a program being taught by local hospitals.

“Many people don’t know, but in some of these school shootings a lot of these bleeding deaths were actually preventable by bystanders that could have stepped in,” said Dr. Chrissy Guidry, a trauma surgeon at UMC.

“If they would have known what to do, they could have stopped the bleeding,” Guidry added.

Guidry presented the “Stop the Bleed” program to the Orleans Parish School Board on Thursday (Feb. 22), requesting their support and “blessing” to provide the course in the city’s schools.

To read the full NOLA.com article, click here


LCMC Health Congratulates Staff Recognized as Healthcare “Ones to Watch”

February 6, 2018

LCMC Health is proud of the five individuals across the LCMC Health system recognized as Healthcare “Ones to Watch” in the February 2, 2018 issue of New Orleans CityBusiness.

To read the full press release, click here


Skybridge Walkway to be Transported Up River and Installed at Children’s Hospital

February 2, 2018

As the Carnival season is underway, on Saturday morning, February 3, the Children’s Hospital community will stage a different type of “parade,” with the arrival of a skybridge, the elevated walkway that will connect patients and visitors to the hospital’s main campus.

The installation serves as a milestone in the hospital’s $300 million transformation and expansion.

To read the full press release, click here


West Jefferson to Receive Two Prestigious Awards from Healthgrades for Stroke Care

January 30, 2018

West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) will host an awards presentation to accept two prestigious national awards from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

The awards will be accepted by West Jefferson’s Chief Nursing Officer, Monica Bologna. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at 1:00p.m., in the hospital’s atrium.

To read the full press release, click here


Judah Touro, giver

January 29, 2018

The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project. Merchant and philanthropist Judah Touro was featured.

To read the full NOLA.com article, click here


Krewe of Morpheus goes the extra mile to give back to Children’s Hospital

January 25, 2018

Each year, Morpheus along with other New Orleans area Mardi Gras krewes, donate themed throws as prizes for the Children’s Hospital Guild’s annual Mardi Gras Mambo Bingo.

But Brad Naquin, Krewe vice president/director of throws and distribution, and his krewe are adding to their donation this year by staging a Mini Mardi Gras parade for the event.

It only took Naquin a few hours to respond to a request from Children’s Hospital for donations for their fundraiser. It was a call he was excited to make to repay the hospital that has done so much for his family.

Naquin’s daughter has had three surgeries at the hospital since her birth in 2011. Having spent many hours at the hospital he has come to appreciate the facility and the compassionate staff.

To read the full NOLA.com article, click here


Telemedicine on the rise, but more clarity in Louisiana law needed

January 19, 2018

In Baton Rouge, state lawmakers have worked to accommodate the fledgling industry. In 2016, the Legislature passed a law removing some barriers to telemedicine. As long as doctors were licensed to practice in Louisiana, the law said, they no longer had to have an office in the state or be under contract with an in-state provider. In addition, visits could be accomplished with interactive audio instead of two-way video.

The Children’s Hospital initiative, called TECH, short for Telemedicine for the Enhancement of Children’s Health, was launched last year. More than 200 patients have enrolled, and the hospital expects to add more specialties.

“The temptation is to see telemedicine as a replacement for an in-person visit, and I feel that is a mistake,” said Dr. Aaron Martin, Children’s Hospital doctor. “Telemedicine needs to be an enhancement of the patient’s care, not a substitute, not a replacement, not a way to get around something. It’s a way to enhance it.”

“We’re very careful that we can provide the same quality of care as if you showed up in any of our clinics, and to do that we believe that you need to be seeing one of our physicians whom we trust and that you’d see in person yourself, as opposed to talking to a physician who doesn’t know you,” he said.

To read the full New Orleans Advocate article, click here


Flu overwhelming Hospitals

January 19, 2018

Hospitals around the New Orleans area are experiencing unusually high number of patients due to the widespread flu outbreak.

To read the NOLA.com article, click here

To read the New Orleans Advocate article, click here


Children’s Hospital’s Expansion named to the Small Business Exchange’s list of the top construction projects in 2018

January 18, 2018

The Children’s Hospital expansion projects was named one the 13 most important construction and development projects in the United States by the Small Business Exchange. Here is the excerpt from the website:

New Orleans doesn’t have the same amount of construction as many of the other cities on this list, but that doesn’t mean things are stagnant. Supertalls may not be in the mix, but the Big Easy has its fair share of new apartment complexes, hotels, and renovations.

One of the largest projects is the expansion and renovation of the New Orleans Children’s Hospital. Costing $225 million, the multi-year development will include a new same-day surgery unit, a cardiac intensive care unit, a neonatal cardiac intensive care unit, a cancer center, a 400-car garage, and a newly designed entrance and lobby.

To view the full listing of projects, click here


Children’s Hospital’s Dr. Levy discusses how common choking is for young children

January 12, 2018

Dr. Jerussa Aita-Levy appeared on WWL TV to talk about how common it is for young children to choke and how it is the 4th leading cause of accidental death in children.

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UMC’s Rachel Nickel, RN, honored with Excellence in Nursing award from Modern Healthcare

January 16, 2018

University Medical Center New Orleans is proud to announce that Rachel Nickel, RN, was recognized by Modern Healthcare as a Rising Star in Nursing winner, one of three awards in the 2018 Excellence in Nursing Award program.  The profiles of the winners are featured in the January 15, 2018 issue of Modern Healthcare and at ModernHealthcare.com/nursing-gallery.

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LCMC Health Chief Medical Officer cautiously optimistic about nationwide IV fluid shortage

January 12, 2018

“We talk about this every day at our safety briefing, and where we stand on this because of the acuity of it nationwide. But again, we’re cautiously optimistic we’re going to be able to maintain. We’re not seeing anything in the forecast that it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said LCMC Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Heaton.

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Masks on display at Touro tell the story of life with a traumatic brain injury

January 12, 2018

A space that has normally served as a display area for artwork created by professional Louisiana artists in the main building of Touro Infirmary on Prytania Street is now exhibiting artwork created by survivors of traumatic brain injuries.

The display of 14 painted masks were created by different survivors of brain injuries who all live in Louisiana.

Each mask has its own story to tell. One mask painted by a survivor from Hammond is painted black over the left eye representing how the survivor, a man named Patrick, lost vision in his left eye after his accident.

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Surgery at West Jefferson Medical Center credited for successful weight loss

January 11, 2018

A few dozen people, from teens to seniors who know the pain of being obese, celebrated their success at a reunion with their bariatric surgeons at West Jefferson Medical Center. They credit surgery with saving their lives and getting them off of the diet roller coaster.

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UMC Nurse Helps Save a Woman in French Quarter Attack

January 5, 2018

A UMC nurse helped a woman get the hospital after being dragged 40 feet by a person who tried to pull her into a van in the French Quarter.

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Children’s hospital announces plan to build state-of-the-art behavioral health center; Behavioral health services to move to the State Street campus

January 4, 2018

Today, Children’s Hospital announced plans to construct a new Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center on its State Street campus. Designs include a new building with 50 bed capacity to be constructed on space that currently serves as a parking lot. Plans honor height and historical restrictions currently in place. Construction is slated to begin in late Spring 2018, with completion projected for Fall 2019.

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New Orleans’ only trauma and burn center to open early 2018

December 28, 2017

Construction on a new integrated Burn Center and Level 1 Trauma Center at University Medical Center in New Orleans is wrapping up, with an expected opening date in February or March 2018.

Burn victims that have also suffered trauma are currently taken first to UMC in New Orleans for stabilization before being sent to the nearest burn centers either at Baton Rouge General Hospital or the Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center at the University of South Alabama in Mobile where they are treated for burn injuries, which includes smoke inhalation.

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New UMC Burn Center

December 28, 2017

Dr Jeffrey Carter, medical director of the burn center, appeared on FOX 8 to discuss the opening of a new burn center at UMC. It will be the ONLY burn trauma center on the gulf coast region.

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Vacherie newborn spends first Christmas in NICU

December 28, 2017

As many families reflect on their blessings this Christmas, one from Vacherie is extra thankful this holiday. For several weeks, their newborn has been in intensive care at Children’s Hospital.

There are about 18 babies in the NICU fighting their own fight, including one three-week-old, who almost didn’t make it through the delivery.

“He’s definitely a strong, little man,” said his mother, Britney Schexnayder.

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Going home for Christmas is the latest step in Aaron Hurst’s incredible recovery

December 27, 2017

Aaron Hurst got a big surprise when his St. Helena teammates and coaches came to the Touro Rehabilitation Center in New Orleans for a visit early last week.

Hurst was showered with gifts and awards. A lot of friendly faces and smiles were nice, too. Incredibly, the best was yet to come.

Just two days after the visit, Hurst learned that his biggest wish — to be home for Christmas — would come true. By the end of the year, the running back/linebacker is scheduled to back home in the Greensburg area while doing outpatient therapy in Baton Rouge, approximately a month after fracturing a vertebrae in his neck.

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Dr. Aaron Thompson talks about the flu on Fox 8

December 27, 2017

The flu continues to hit Louisiana hard and tamiflu is running low in pharmacies.  Dr. Aaron Thompson appeared on FOX 8 to discuss the concerns.

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Family with 9 children adopts baby fighting for her life

December 20, 2017

This will be a special Christmas for Keona Mock and her new family; one that many people thought she wouldn’t live to see.

Keona was abused before she even left the womb. Her parents were addicted to a variety of illegal drugs that affected her development. Then, at just one month old, she came into Children’s Hospital in a coma with broken legs and ribs. A breathing tube down her throat was the only thing keeping her alive.

“They didn’t know if she was going to live or die, but you see today that she is very much alive,” Tammy Mock, Keona’s adoptive mother, said.

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Chicago Bears’ tight end Zach Miller emotionally recounts how University Medical Center saved his leg

December 8, 2017

In an era where things that happened just a couple of days ago feel like they happened a month ago, his story has, sadly, fallen off the radar of most NFL followers. But Chicago Bears’ tight end Zach Miller, who suffered a devastating leg injury on Oct. 29 against the New Orleans Saints, still has a long road ahead of him in terms of recovery.

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LCMC Health Hospitals Participate In City Of New Orleans Active Shooter Exercise

December 4, 2017

Three LCMC Health hospitals – Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center and Touro – participated in the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) drill Monday, December 4, 2017, to test emergency response plans in the event of an active shooter attack.

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LCMC Health Hospitals Honored by Louisiana Marketing Organizations

November 10, 2017

LCMC Health hospitals, including Children’s Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center New Orleans and West Jefferson Medical Center recently received nineteen awards for exceptional work in marketing, advertising and public relations. Several hospital campaigns were recognized, in addition to individual awards received by Taslin Alfonzo, Director of Marketing & Community Relations at West Jefferson Medical Center.

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SMG Staff receives “Stop The Bleed” training led by University Medical Center

November 7, 2017

Employees from SMG New Orleans underwent “Stop the Bleed” training at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, led by physicians and medical staff from LSU Health New Orleans and Tulane University School of Medicine. The Stop the Bleed program at University Medical Center, which leads the training, is a joint venture with LSU Health New Orleans and the Tulane University School of Medicine.

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Jody Martin appointed Chief Legal Officer for LCMC Health

November 7, 2017

Jody Martin has been named Chief Legal Officer for LCMC Health, serving as the system’s primary legal advisor. In this capacity, Martin will oversee all legal matters for the system and serve as the primary legal advisor to the LCMC Health leadership team, the Board of Trustees, and its five member hospitals.

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New MRI suites seek to put patients at ease

November 1, 2017

Imagine… you can choose from a variety of soothing mood-lighting, different genres of music and movies, or a slide show from an image library… all to help you relax and have a comfortable experience. No, we’re not talking about a spa day; but, rather, a short session in a state-of-the-art MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine!

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LCMC Health partnership with local government is helping New Orleanians thrive

October 18, 2017

For the past few years, LCMC Health has been among the many proponents of the city’s Economic Opportunity Strategy and has participated in advancing it as, respectively, a funder and an employer. The idea is simple: Equity means creating job opportunities for all New Orleanians, especially those in communities that have historically been underserved. Through training programs and strong partnerships, we can help ensure that people are qualified to fill open jobs, while bringing the well-paying jobs that communities need to New Orleans.

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LCMC Health sends medical supplies and more to aid residents of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

October 10, 2017

LCMC Health employees are organizing relief efforts to aid the residents of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Maria. The aid follows remarks by Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo A. Rosselló, who expressed a strong desire to make repairing rural hospitals a priority for hurricane recovery, stating that medical aid and other supplies were in very short supply.

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John Heaton, M.D., appointed Chief Medical Officer for LCMC Health

October 9, 2017

Dr. John Heaton has been named Chief Medical Officer for LCMC Health. Dr. Heaton currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Children’s Hospital. In this newly created role, Dr. Heaton will be responsible for driving, supporting, and modeling a healthcare delivery system focused on quality, safety, service excellence, and the consistent delivery of an exceptional patient experience at the system’s member hospitals, Children’s Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center, West Jefferson Medical Center and New Orleans East Hospital.

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LCMC Health honors 38 nurses named as “Great 100” in Louisiana

October 9, 2017

LCMC Health is proud of the 38 nurses across the LCMC Health system recognized as “Great 100” Nurses. These worthy individuals will be honored at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner at an event slated for Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

According to the evaluation criteria, Great 100 Nurses are selected based on their concern for humanity, their contributions to the profession of Nursing and their mentoring of others.

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Statement Regarding Mycobacterial Infection Investigation

September 11, 2017

In mid-August 2017, a small group of patients who underwent cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital between late May and July, 2017, developed a surgical site infection suspected to be Mycobacterium abscessus. This is the first time Children’s Hospital has experienced surgical site infections caused by mycobacterium, an environmental contaminant that is commonly found in water, soil, and dust. The infection is treatable and all patients are currently undergoing successful treatment in this hospital.

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LCMC Health Nurses Featured in NOLA.com Career Advice Series

July 20, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – Read the profiles of three LCMC Health hospital system nurses profiled in the NOLA.com/Times-Picayune new feature series “Career Advice,” the first focused on the nursing profession.

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LCMC Health Hospitals Recognized for Stroke and Cardiac Care

June 21, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – LCMC Health hospitals, Children’s Hospital, Touro Infirmary, University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans and West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC), received numerous recognitions from the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) for implementation of quality measures in stroke and heart disease patients.

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LCMC Health Hospitals Honored by National Healthcare Advertising Awards

May 3, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – LCMC Health’s hospitals, including Children’s Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans and West Jefferson Medical Center, received numerous recognitions for exceptional work in advertising by the Healthcare Marketing Report’s 34th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards.

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Provision Healthcare to Develop $100 Million Advanced Cancer Treatment Center in New Orleans

April 21, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and Provision Healthcare CEO Terry Douglass announced the company and its partners will make a $100 million capital investment and build a 30,000-square-foot Louisiana Proton Therapy Center in the New Orleans biomedical corridor. Deploying advanced technology that produces far fewer side effects than conventional radiation treatments for cancer, Provision plans to develop the center on the University Medical Center campus on Canal Street.

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Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery Now Available at Touro Infirmary and UMC New Orleans

April 3, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – LCMC Health is pleased to announce that Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery, an advanced treatment expanding options for women undergoing breast surgery, is now available at two of its hospitals, Touro Infirmary and University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans.

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LCMC Health Joins Alliance of Health Providers Across State to Improve Healthcare Outcomes for More Louisiana Residents

March 22, 2017

BATON ROUGE – What began as a local, limited-market concept has expanded to become Health Leaders Alliance, a statewide alliance of providers with the common goal of improving quality outcomes and patient satisfaction.

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LCMC Health Recognizes 16 CityBusiness “Health Care Heroes”

March 14, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – LCMC Health is pleased to announce that Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery, an advanced treatment expanding options for women undergoing breast surgery, is now available at two of its hospitals, Touro Infirmary and University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans.

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LCMC Health Receives Corporate Citizenship Award from City of New Orleans

February 14, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitch Landrieu hosted the Corporate Citizenship Awards on Thursday, January 26, and recognized LCMC Health for its commitment to expanding economic opportunity in the New Orleans business community.

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LCMC Health Announces Purchase of a Minority Interest Fairway Medical Center

February 1, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – LCMC Health announced the purchase of a minority interest Fairway Medical Center, based in Covington, La. LCMC Health purchased a minority interest in the surgical hospital in partnership with several local, specialty surgeons. The joint ownership is effective Immediately.

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Children’s Hospital Breaks Ground on New Facility

January 11, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – Children’s Hospital broke ground today for its campus expansion and property renovation. The $225 million expansion will allow Children’s Hospital to continue and enhance the delivery of specialty pediatric care.

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LCMC Health CEO Gregory C. Feirn Receives National Recognition 

November 22, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – LCMC Health Chief Executive Officer Gregory C. Feirn was recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review, a national healthcare publication, as one of the 135 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know in 2016.

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West Jefferson Medical Center Partners With Children’s Hospital

November 17, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) in partnership with Children’s Hospital is proud to announce the opening of a dedicated, pediatric emergency room within WJMC.

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LCMC Health Hospitals Honored by Louisiana Marketing Organizations

November 16, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – LCMC Health’s hospitals, including Children’s Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans and West Jefferson Medical Center recently received numerous recognitions for exceptional work in marketing, advertising and public relations.

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Key Considerations for Hospitals Looking to Rebuild or Improve Their Infrastructure 

October 4, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – The amount of data generated on a daily basis in a hospital is staggering. Whether the data comes from clinical applications, billing, scheduling, or is generated from new technologies for advanced imaging, mobile devices or implants, all hospitals are faced with figuring out the best way to move, manage, and protect this data.

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Touro Infirmary Achieves Louisiana’s Highest Breastfeeding Quality Designation 

September 28, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Touro Infirmary proudly announces earning Louisiana’s primary breastfeeding designation given by The Gift. The Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health – Bureau of Family Health awards The Gift designation statewide to Louisiana birthing facilities who improve hospital practices and policies that are aligned with the evidence-based, internationally recognized Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding of the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

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LCMC Expands Access to Care Through Urgent Care Partnership 

September 27, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – LCMC Health, a local not-for-profit academic healthcare system made up of Children’s Hospital, New Orleans East Hospital, Touro, University Medical Center and West Jefferson Medical Center, announced plans to create a network of urgent care centers in the greater New Orleans area beginning in the spring of 2017.

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LCMC Health, UMC New Orleans Reach New Agreement with Edwards Administration 

September 20, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Today, LCMC Health announced an agreement with Governor John Bel Edwards’ Administration on renegotiated terms of the public-private partnership for University Medical Center New Orleans (UMC), home of the Reverend Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital.

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Children’s Hospital Northshore Center Opens in Covington 

August 18, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Children’s Hospital is proud to announce the opening of its newest outpatient facility on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. Children’s Hospital Northshore Center, located in the heart of Covington, offers twelve pediatric specialties and appointments with the same world-class physicians as Children’s Hospital’s main campus.

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UMC New Orleans Celebrates First Anniversary 

August 9, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – August 1 marked one year since the opening of University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans, home of the Reverend Avery C. Alexander Academic Research Hospital. UMC opened its doors to the public following the successful transfer of 131 patients from its predecessor, Interim LSU Hospital (ILH). UMC celebrated the anniversary with an August 5 event with hospital and medical staff.

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West Jefferson Medical Center Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score 

May 9, 2016

MARRERO – New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. West Jefferson received an A,
ranking it among the safest hospitals in the United States.

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Proposed Cut in Funding Would Devastate Hospital

February 19, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – Just six months ago in August 2015, we opened the doors of University Medical Center New Orleans, a state-of-the-art, $1.1 billion academic medical center. As the current and former chairmen of the UMC Board since inception, it was a proud moment when our community came together to celebrate this long awaited milestone.

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A Love Letter to New Orleans from a Grateful Family from Utah

December 23, 2015

NEW ORLEANS – Perhaps today’s headlines dictate what many think about when contemplating life in New Orleans: a dangerous city filled with dangerous criminals.  But this is not what my family sees. And this is our love letter to the city and people of New Orleans.

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Mayor Landrieu to Announce New CEO of New Orleans East Hospital

December 15, 2015

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Orleans Parish Hospital Service District “A” (HSD) and LCMC Health will announce the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Orleans East Hospital (NOEH).

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New Orleans Accepts White House Healthy Communities Challenge

December 8, 2015

NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the City of New Orleans accepted the White House’s Healthy Communities Challenge as part of a national effort to promote enrollment in insurance through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace (the Marketplace).

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LCMC Health Presents National Patient Safety & Quality Colloquium

December 8, 2015

On December 1-2, 2015, LCMC Health presented the system’s first National Patient Safety & Quality Colloquium.  During the two-day conference, held in University Medical Center New Orleans’ Conference Center, over 125 senior leaders and Board members representing Children’s Hospital, West Jefferson Medical Center, University Medical Center, New Orleans East Hospital and Touro attended and gained valuable insights, practical applications and proven methods from leaders in the healthcare industry.

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West Jefferson Medical Center Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® Recognition from The Joint Commission

November 17, 2015

(MARRERO, Louisiana – November 17, 2015) – West Jefferson Medical Center (WJMC) announced today that it has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

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LCMC Health receives top honors at 2015 Pelican Awards

November 11, 2015

LCMC Health, Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center New Orleans, and Touro were recognized Friday, November 6 at the Louisiana Hospital Association’s (LHA) Annual Pelican Awards.

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Jefferson Parish officials secure state approval to lease West Jefferson Medical Center to private operator

September 29, 2015

After months of tense negotiations, Jefferson Parish officials have secured approval from the state Attorney General’s Office for an almost $600 million deal to lease the parish-owned West Jefferson Medical Center to a private operator.

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Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center at UMC New Orleans Receives National Accreditation

September 9, 2015

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Comprehensive Pulmonary Hypertension Center (CPHC) at University Medical Center (UMC) New Orleans has won top-tier accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), becoming the state’s first Center of Comprehensive Care for the rare and complex condition that affects the arteries in the lungs and heart.

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Children’s Hospital and LSUHSC Announce New Chair, Pediatrics Department Head

September 4, 2015

NEW ORLEANS- Children’s Hospital and LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) are proud to announce the appointment of Raymond G. Watts, MD,

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New procedure gives baby new lease on life

September 4, 2015

NEW ORLEANS – A baby from Houma was the first in the region to get a new jaw using high-tech virtual surgery planning.

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UMC dedication marks change in health care

August 26, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — A few hundred people turned out for the official dedication of the new University Medical Center.

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Look inside the new $1.1 billion University Medical Center, opening Aug. 1

June 18, 2015

The new hospital has no patients yet. But in the last three months, roughly 2,000 people have been through its halls, learning its 2.3 million square feet and prepping for the city’s sick to enter through its automated doors.

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Touro Receives National Patient Experience Awards

June 2, 2015

Avatar Solutions, a leading provider of Patient, CAHPS, Employee, and Physician Surveys, recently announced its 2014 award-winning hospital partners. Avatar Solutions’ awards are meant to honor significant accomplishments in patient satisfaction and innovation in healthcare settings.

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Touro Infirmary Selected A Top Workplace For 2015

May 19, 2015

Touro Infirmary is proud to have been selected by our employees as a Top Workplace for 2015. The winners were announced at an awards breakfast at the Sheraton New Orleans on May 15, 2015 and were included in a special section in the May 17, 2015 issue of The Times-Picayune.

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Jefferson Parish Council approves lease for West Jefferson Medical Center

February 23, 2015

MARRERO, LA —The Jefferson Parish Council approved a long-term lease deal for the West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero.

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Krewe of Thoth brings healing power of Mardi Gras to Children’s Hospital patients

February 15, 2015

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Nurses removed a tube from Madison Byers’ chest Saturday. So, naturally, on Sunday, the 6-year-old was curbside at Krewe of Thoth, raising her hand for Mardi Gras throws.

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N.O.’s first New Year’s Day baby born at Touro

January 2, 2015

NEW ORLEANS, LA — Meet the beautiful Journey Love, the first baby to be born in New Orleans in 2015 at Touro Infirmary.

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NOLA health system donation boosts Medifund goals
October 23, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA — LCMC Health has donated $125,000 to support Greater New Orleans, Inc. and the Medifund, a new statewide initiative to spur destination healthcare and research.

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New Orleans East Hospital designed to provide modern, storm-ready patient care

August 5, 2014

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The newly opened New Orleans East Hospital is 205,380 square feet of gleaming floors, natural light and organic hues designed to create a warm, welcoming feel for patients.

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