NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health System reached a milestone this week as the 5,000th patient this year was transferred to physicians within Ochsner Health System via Ochsner’s Regional Referral Center. Critically ill patients around the region are benefiting from the Regional Referral Center’s quick and seamless process which allows patients faster access to nationally acclaimed specialty care.
Ochsner created its Regional Referral Center in 2009 to eliminate the barriers associated with making patient transfers complicated and untimely, allowing for a faster and more efficient patient transfer and adding peace of mind to the families of these patients.
“Time is of the essence when transferring a critical patient for a higher level of care, which is why the Referral Center is such a necessity,” said Dr. Armin Schubert, Medical Director of the Ochsner Regional Referral Center. “Patients across the Gulf South can feel confident that they will be taken care of by a team of clinicians and nurses focused on the highest quality care for a wide array of complex medical or surgical illnesses.”
The Regional Referral Center is a one-stop-shop for physicians and nurses whose patients require specialized care. Via a single “hotline” number (1-855-OHSLINK), Registered Nurse Administrative Coordinators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to facilitate the complete transfer process, accepting and registering patients, confirming bed assignments and providing transportation options.
Ochsner Medical Center is a 473-bed acute tertiary and quaternary care hospital employing over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties. Ochsner is one of only 25 hospitals in the country to have 11 or more medical specialties ranked in the nation’s top 50, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Hospitals rankings. In 2012, Ochsner Medical Center also was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, one of the country’s 100 Great Hospitals by Becker’s Hospital Review, and a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades.
Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system with eight hospitals and 38 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 16 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Hospital” across 11 specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 13,000 employees, over 850 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.