Women’s Services Campaign
The Women’s Pavilion at Ochsner Baptist offers world class service in Gynecology and Obstetrics, including advanced care for uterine fibroids, pelvic floor disorders, incontinence, menopause and pelvic pain. Offering robotic surgery for hysterectomies, gynecologic conditions, tubal libation reversal and gallbladder removal as well as comprehensive diagnostic imaging services and digital mammograms, Ochsner Baptist is at the forefront of women’s health. Ochsner Baptist is also pleased to house the Perkins Alternative Birthing Center with a staff of certified midwives and the availability of birthing tubs, birth stools and yoga swings. Ochsner Baptist also offers a multidisciplinary team of experts and specialists trained in fetal surgery and maternal fetal medicine as well as a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with 54 beds to ensure the best care possible for expectant mothers and our tiniest patients.
The Prechter Family: Patients, Donors, Advocates
It is a special person who faces adversity and then uses their experience to help others. That is what Paige and Paul Prechter have done. When an ultrasound at Ochsner revealed that their twins had developed Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS), an almost always fatal condition that causes one fetus to receive too much blood while the other does not receive enough, the Prechters swung into action. They pursued laser ablation surgery at Texas Fetal Center, one of about 20 centers in the country offering the procedure at that time, to save their daughters' lives. When they returned home to New Orleans, they wanted to do something to help others facing the same frightening situation. They spoke with their physicians at Ochsner to see what they could do. "We had the means to fly to Houston, but not everyone does," Paige said. "It's important that Ochsner -- which took such good care of us-- can change people's lives the way Texas Fetal did for us." Through the World Heritage Foundation Prechter Family Fund the Prechters generously established the Fetal Therapy Fund. The first goal of the fund was to establish an environment in which physicians can train in rare techniques for expectant moms with complicated cases. The fund has already allowed Dr. Clifton Moore of Ochsner to train in TTTS. Additional funding from the World Heritage Foundation Prechter Family Fund, which included a matching gift campaign, has provided the funding necessary to renovate an operating room at Ochsner Baptist so that TTTS and other complicated fetal surgeries can be performed here. Since completing his training Dr. Moore has completed four successful TTTS procedures at Ochsner Baptist. "The Prechters were the guiding hands that made all this happen," Dr. Moore says. "We can't thank them enough."
A Word from Dr. Alfred Robichaux III, System Chairman for Women's Services
At Ochsner, we continue to strive to improve our quality of care and improve access to all of our patients. As a department, we recently completed our second full year at our newly renovated location at Ochsner Baptist. We have continued to provide excellent obstetric and gynecologic care, with a focus on expanding our critical care capabilities in obstetrics. Our gynecologic surgeons, experts in minimally invasive techniques, persist in their efforts to innovate in their approach to complex gynecologic conditions that previously required large abdominal incisions and prolonged hospital stays. Our gynecologic oncologists continue to provide comprehensive care to their patients through the multidisciplinary Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center. Our maternal fetal medicine team remains dedicated to the management of all areas of pregnancy and is a major referral center for the Gulf South. In combination with our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, we are able to take care of patients with very complicated antenatal issues to ensure a healthy baby and a healthy mom. We continue to perform in utero fetal surgery, including in utero laser therapy for twins affected by twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida. Our multidisciplinary critical care team and our Ochsner Baptist Intensive Care Unit have cared for obstetric patients with severe infections, heart disease and life-threatening hemorrhagic situations. We expanded our area of service to the Gulf Cost by establishing a clinic and telemedicine site in Biloxi, Mississippi.
In 2015, we were proud to be ranked among the top 5 percent in the nation for women’s health three years in a row by Healthgrades and also be recognized by U.S. News and World Report as “High Performing” in gynecology. We continuously work to improve our outcomes, our patient satisfaction and our service to those with whom we collaborate. These improvements would not be possible without the support of our donors. I hope that you will join me as we work to improve the health of women and babies throughout the Gulf South.
Alfred Robichaux III, MD
For more information, please contact the Department of Philanthropy at 504-842-7110.