A Partner of Ochsner Health
Since 2014, Ochsner Health and St. Tammany Health System (STHS) have been working together to provide residents of western St. Tammany Parish comprehensive, integrated and innovative care.
Through our long-term strategic partnership with STHS, we are reducing healthcare costs for patients while improving quality and increasing local access to care.
More patients are being treated closer to home, while still having access to the nationally recognized specialists and the depth and breadth of care Ochsner is known for. Our collaborations have also led to increases in patient safety and telemedicine consultations, as well as an increase in transfers from St. Tammany to Ochsner for patients with specialized care needs.
Some of the new and expanded services at STHS that have resulted from our partnership include:
- Neurology, neurosurgery, and stroke care
By sharing best practices, integrating our technology, building a cross-organizational clinical teamwork model and making joint investment in new physicians and programs, we are able to continue to expand patient services and resources in the region with a relentless focus on quality and value.
“Building on our unique strengths, we can deliver far more to the people of western St. Tammany Parish together than we can individually. We believe that collaboration rather than competition will result in the development of better and more innovative care solutions.”
– Warner Thomas, Ochsner Health President and CEO
Ochsner Health & St. Tammany Health System: Powerful Partners
Since joining forces, Ochsner Health and St. Tammany Health System have taken many steps to provide more high-quality specialty coverage to residents of western St. Tammany Parish.
Ochsner neurosurgeons and neurologists work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team at STHS as part of a comprehensive neuroscience program that delivers specialized neurology, neurosurgical and non-surgical services. STHS expanded operating room capacity and developed a dedicated four-bed Neuro ICU Unit, the only one on the North Shore, and the number of neurosurgeries performed at STHS has increased by more than 50% in the last three years.
With the addition of leading Ochsner cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and electrophysiology services onsite, STHS provides the most comprehensive and highest level of cardiac care in western St. Tammany parish.
Hundreds of patients at STHS have received critical intervention and therapies that reduce the devastating effects of a stroke thanks to the Ochsner CareConnect 360 Telestroke Program.
A joint investment expanding the Ochsner Infusion suite, chemo-infusion pharmacy and hematology oncology clinic space has increased patient access to multidisciplinary teams and clinical trials. Ochsner oncology subspecialists are also rotating regularly to the St. Tammany Parish Cancer Center to participate in more robust tumor boards to provide multidisciplinary treatment plans.
Ochsner pediatric subspecialists provide care for thousands of children and their families at the STHS/Ochsner co-branded clinic in Covington. The STHS Bone & Joint Clinic also recently added a pediatric orthopedist, and STHS completed a $21 million 3 year-expansion in January 2017, which included adding a pediatric emergency department, the only of its kind on the North Shore.
Two Ochsner perinatologists joined an existing maternal-fetal medicine clinic at STHS, increasing high-risk pregnancy coverage.
Since consolidating sleep centers, STHS and Ochsner have more than doubled our sleep center capacity.
In 2017, the Ochsner St. Tammany Urgent Care was opened to provide immediate, quality care to St. Tammany residents after-hours and on weekends for non-emergency illnesses and injuries. Learn more about our Covington and Mandeville urgent care locations.